Today was our second day at the site. We have to get up early...but it's light out so it's not too bad. It's beautiful and cooler in the mornings...our first morning there was a bull hanging out at the top of the tel when we got there...
There are two different locations to excavate at the site, and Jeremy and I are working on the older site (we're walking down to it in this picture).
So much of what we find as we dig is pottery...and at first I was so carefully collecting each piece I found, placing it in a bucket, surprised when other people just tossed their shards of pottery. It is over 3,000 years old! and what if the piece I'm picking up is integral to this excavation! but, there is pottery everywhere. all over the ground, even where we're staying, there's ancient pottery shards filling in the gaps between walkway stones. I'm a lot less careful now.
We spend the morning excavating, and then wash the dirt off pottery and bones and pieces of flint that were potentially used for tools in the afternoon. It's been really interesting and fun for me to investigate and try to figure out how vessels were made, fired, and decorated just by looking at shards. Here's the bottom of a pot, most likely built with coils of clay and shaped on a slow, stone wheel. (the potter's assistant was in charge of turning the wheel...)
Today we were sifting through the dirt that we had collected from our excavation square, and Jeremy spotted a tiny bead, which one of the supervisors said was made of stone.
Sadly...the bead later got smashed..
We have loved seeing the beautiful land, creatures, and plants that grow here. We're in an incredibly fertile valley, one that was coveted by the neighboring Philistines. (we pass by a huge field of sunflowers on our drive to the tel in the morning) This flower was one of the most bizarre we have seen....and inspires me in its form.
There's so much more to tell...I'll be writing more soon!