Tel Batash (Timnah) House 950

I’ll add pictures of one more visualization completed as part of my study into household food storage. These pictures are from a reconstruction of House 950 at Tel Batash, often identified with Timnah on the border between Judah and Philistine territory.
It seems that in the seventh century BCE it was a somewhat mixed town, with artefacts aligned with the Judahite hill country and the Philistine coastal plain both present.

This is the overview of the House 950. While some parts in the front part (north) part were not excavated, it is mainly the back that is not clearly defined, and where significant parts may not have been excavated.

Near the entrance there was an area that was not fully excavated. The excavated parts contained several artefacts. This is the view from the entrance.

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Off to the side near the front of the building was a small room with a bread oven, possibly something like a baking hut.

The central room, 950/946, was full with artefacts. It seemed to have been a busy area for food preparation, food storage and probably also goods storage. This shows locus 950W, looking northwards with the entrance area in the background.

Further west was more of a storage area, including goods storage. Primarily it seems to have been used for food storage, with an oven and food preparation directly adjacent to it.

The food preparation area 946W was adjacent to the same oven and included some food storage.

Locus 946E, in contrast, seems to have been mainly used for food storage. However, all these areas were part of the same large room at the centre of the house.

Off to the side was separate room 982, which probably was used as a living room.

Towards the back from the house was an olive press, of which only some parts remained.

Separated from the central room by a row of columns was the western longroom. In the northern part, Locus 957, there were relatively few artefacts. Adjacent to the oven, it may nevertheless have also been used for food preparation.

The southern part of that longroom, in contrast, had clear evidence of food preparation, such as grinding. There was also evidence for textile working, including weaving.

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