|amy e williams - artist||
So last week Jeremy and I were in the same square each day, progressively digging and analyzing what steps to take next. By the end of the week we had a fairly good picture of what had happened in our site. There's a large wall, and beside the wall we started to uncover several large vessels which were "in situ," meaning that the vessels were still in the same spot that they were placed by a canaanite 3,000ish years ago...the vessels had been broken by the upper portion of the wall falling over. It was determined that the vessels were very large storage jars of a specific style. Here's an image that we saw in the Israel Museum of a complete, restored vessel of this type (the one on the far left is most similar we think).
It was exciting to see these complete (broken, but fairly complete) vessels emerge from the ground. They stopped us several times in our digging in order to document where the vessels were as they were destroyed. It's really interesting because often they'll be able to tell what the jars were used for; one of our jars contained some legumes! (in the above picture, you can see the figs that were in the jar) In the picture below, you can see the wall I was describing on the left side, and to the right are the vessels lying smashed in situ.
We also have found four hammer stones in our square, which were probably used for anything that you would use a hammer for.... : )
It seems like our square was the kind of area where they would cook or store food....we'll let you know if there are any further developments!