Posted by: itellhalif | June 22, 2016

Getting to the Bottom of Things

One of the interesting things we encountered in our work this summer is the pillar featured in this photo.

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This pillar is buried on all sides by a series of floors, one of which is cobbled and can be seen here. The cobbled floor and the surrounding area produced large numbers of tanur fragments suggesting that cooking and baking took place in this area that appears to have been outside the house.  One of the floors had a hearth in it (see earlier note, June 16) and when investigated it was found to have contained a bowl placed on a few stones.  Below is a close up.

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We are still trying to determine the foundation level of the pillar.

However, in the meantime the neighboring square yielded a very interesting vessel that was discovered lying on the floor of the house destroyed at the end of the 8th century BCE.

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Here it is in context in front of the meter stick.

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Here is a close up.

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Tomorrow morning we will photograph the round bin, which is later than the destruction level, and then remove it to see if the cobbled surface between the grinding installation (bottom left) and the bin continues under the stone fill we have been clearing.

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