People ask: “why do you dig in the summertime? It’s so hot.” Well, no one would like to dig when it rains, in the mud, and besides, our school year ends just before the summer starts when the students are available. We dig at the beginning of the summer, when it’s generally not as hot as in July and August. So, a few hot days can be tolerated. Today we stopped a little earlier not so much because of the heat, but mostly because of the wind that lifted clouds of dust.
The morning started with photographing some surfaces in our Area A7.
As seen in the photo, the pillar on the left is somewhat buried; how deep? Was it originally used with an earlier phase? One surface running into it from the right is covered with ash and destruction debris. This is the late 8th century BCE surface. In front of it is a line of mud bricks. Is it a wall built against the pillar? If so, when was this done and is there another surface associated with this wall and the pillar? Where the meter stick is placed there is a layer of cobbles; is this a cobbled surface? Is this related to the stones in the upper right of the pictures? In the middle of the “cobbled floor” lies a pounder/sling stone; is it related to this feature (floor?)?
In our Area L8/A8 we removed a layer of cobbles forming a surface. It was not the first such layer. It was laid carefully over the late 8th century destruction layer sealing it below. All day today we worked on exposing the materials embedded in the destruction. Much pottery, seeds, and other carbonized materials. Notice the semi-circular installation in the bottom of the picture. We still need to investigate it and the grinding stone just above the installation. While working on the destruction debris, a beautiful find was made.
This is a field photo of a cosmetic palette in very good state of preservation, but needs some cleaning. A similar palette was found a few years ago in Field V South. Many years ago, half a similar palette was found in Field III. These objects were manufactured by the Phoenicians. Their discovery at our site suggests very strongly that it had trade relations, direct or indirect, with Phoenicia.