Category Archives: Khirbet Summeily

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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Conflict and archaeology

The current conflict in Israel, especially near the Gaza strip, has also meant that several archaeological excavation projects have been affected. Some just stopped excavating for a few days, others have closed excavations for the season or are in the … Continue reading

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Pitlines

The balk is the unexcavated area between excavation units. It’s also the side of the excavation unit itself. Usually supervisors will exhort workers again and again to “keep the balk straight” – the sides of the excavation area has to … Continue reading

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Khirbet Summeily orthographic view

This is an orthographic view of two excavation squares at Khirbet Summeily this summer. The locations of the cameras are indicated. Out of these different overlapping pictures the orthographic view was created. Due to the different angles, the height in … Continue reading

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Stone foundations at Khirbet Summeily

In my previous post I indicated that some of the finds at Khirbet Summeily are not what’s expected at a site of a small village. Another example of this, are these large stones excavated this season in one of the … Continue reading

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Khirbet Summeily aerial view

This view was taken at the end of the 2012 excavations by kite. Many of the walls are visible, many have been removed. But we need to be aware that the different walls belong to different periods. Sometimes they follow … Continue reading

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Mudbricks at sunset

The excavations at Khirbet Summeily are winding up for this season. We have uncovered more, found more riddles and some answers. Archaeology is a slow process. One of the reasons we can’t plow ahead at great pace at this site, … Continue reading

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