Tag Archives: excavation methods

Determining use of artefacts

As part of my contribution to the book The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant I outlined in simple words some of my thoughts on determining the use of artefacts recovered in archaeological excavations. This is the central part of … 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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The fourth excavations at Lachish

This summer, the fourth excavations at Lachish have started in earnest. Previous expeditions have already uncovered parts of the site and found important evidence of the siege of the city, life during the Iron Age, the general stratigraphy, and temples … Continue reading

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Disaster Archaeology

Christchurch 2013: Subsequent to the earthquake on 22 February 2011 the building at 1 Plover Street, Christchurch, was demolished (Figure 1 and Figure 2). On 14 October 2013 the New Zealand Historic Places Trust issued an emergency authority (2014/353eq) under … Continue reading

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Pottery restoration laboratory

There has been a pause in my posts over the last month while I was travelling around the world, including such important holidays as my honeymoon. Now it’s time to update this blog. While excavation is the exciting part of … 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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