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Second Week at the Megiddo Excavation – Summer of 2014

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

Second Week at the Megiddo Excavation – Summer of 2014

In the last post my classmate, Laura, shared experiences from the first week at the Megiddo excavation. The first week involved a lot of cleaning and setting up so in terms of archaeology it wasn’t too groundbreaking. However, during the second week, more interesting finds started to reveal themselves in every area of the Tel. 

 

Working in area H 

First things first, I suppose that a small introduction to my area is in order. I work in the area H of Tel Megiddo. Legend has it that both professor Oded Lipschits and professor Chris Rollston excavated this area in the past. In fact, professor Lipschits is said to be the OG supervisor of said Area.  But that’s ancient history, in the present expedition we are currently in a later phase of the Late Bronze Age. The goal of this season is to hopefully reach the Middle Bronze Age layer. 

Area H at Tel Megiddo

Area H is also characterized for being an elite residential area throughout various periods and this fact holds a lot of promise in terms of findings.

Overall, this area is really interesting and provides an exemplary picture of stratigraphic layers as we can see from the pictures. Like most sites we find tons of pottery, flint, bones and a variety of insects roaming about. 

 

Exciting finds 

During the first week, one of the squares in my area found a Late Bronze Age game board but it didn’t come with instructions so we couldn’t play it. Classic Canaanites always losing stuff! The second week also started with an interesting find, we uncovered the tip of a basalt nub. After articulating it more, the nub turned to be the top piece of really nice basalt pottery wheel. 

A basalt nub at Tel Megiddo

During this week we decided to also take down the baulk between squares E9 and E8. This endeavour revealed many cool things. For example, through sifting we found 50+ seeds that will likely be used for C14 dating. Seeds are especially ideal because they are known as short lived samples, using pieces of wood for dating only gives the date of when the tree was cut down which might not be a good date for the strata it was found in. During the baulk removal we also found shreds of a really intriguing pottery vessel that could be partially reconstructed. The vessel’s shreds have really nice decorations in red and black which lead Prof. Finkelstein to suggest that it is possibly a bichrome imitation ware. 

intriguing pottery vessel at Tel Megiddo

During the sifting process I also found some nice purple beads which were likely part of someone’s jewelry and worn over 3000 years ago! 

One day, word came from above that we needed to build some stairs for a secret shortcut to the bottom of the Tel. This of course doesn’t involve archaeology but it is nevertheless necessary because of safety reasons and who knows maybe one day the Megiddo 3014 expedition will find my stairs.

Mordechay and the new Megiddo Steps

Altogether, the excavation has been really fun albeit intense but it is definitely worth the effort.

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