Earlier this week excavations started at Khirbet Summeily in southern Israel, near Tell el-Hesi. It is a small mound in the coastal plain. But don’t be fooled – the coastal plain is not all flat country. The landscape falls and rises out here with wadis cutting through small gorges.
Khirbet Summeily is just a small mound, rising above the fields surrounding it and sited next to a forest. The site was re-discovered by a recent archaeological survey of the Hesi region. Now it’s time to see what lies below the ground.
Before any digging can start the grass and thistles on the site have to be removed around the dig area. The vegetation is not dense, but it’s still some work to scrape it off to ground level.
Once the site is cleared, it’s time to string off the squares which had been surveyed and lied out earlier. Only then can the digging start.
And why this site? During the survey a lot of pottery from the early Iron Age (the Biblical era) was found on the mound. It may be possible that here in this place there was once a village during this time, and we’re trying to find it.