Category Archives: artifacts

Pottery reconstruction

While I was writing my dissertation I was wishing again and again that more archaeological excavations would restore pottery and give a detailed report on the pottery found. For only by restoring the pottery can we know how many vessels … Continue reading

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Persian figurines at Tell Halif

It was especially in Field IV, excavated from 1992 to 1999, that Persian figurines were found on Tell Halif. But throughout the excavations of Field V (2007 – 2015), we also regularly came across figurines. This year the Persian figurines … Continue reading

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Destroyed by war

I have written before about the signs of warfare at Tell Halif. In particular, the city that ended at the end of the 8th century BCE has not only signs of destruction by fire, but also quite a few remains … Continue reading

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Beauty among ashes

By now it is nothing unusual at Tell Halif to come down on floors with plenty of pottery remains. Only, this one was a few centimetres higher than we expected. We were quite excited when we found it, especially as … Continue reading

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The floor continues still

Last year I was excited that the floor of the house we had excavated in 2009 continues from the western edge of Tell Halif east towards the centre of the tell. Of course we knew that a house could be … Continue reading

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The bull of Tell Halif

Yesterday, we found a bull figurine during excavations at Tell Halif. To be exact it was just the head of a bull. It was probably attached to a vessel like a jar or a bowl, maybe as a decorative handle. … Continue reading

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The Bullae of Khirbet Summeily

Ever since Mississippi State University issued a press release on December 15, 2014 about several bullae found during excavations at Khirbet Summeily and the possible implication of greater complexity in the Iron Age that would support a kingdom of David … Continue reading

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