Tag Archives: excavation methods

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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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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Kites and archaeology

Maybe you never thought of it that way, but kites can be important tools in archaeology. At the Tell el-Hesi Regional Survey we used them to map sites and take aerial photos. Kites with good flying qualities are launched near … Continue reading

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Technology: X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Spectrometry

For the last two days I went to a workshop on the use of a portable XRF spectrometry device. It is a tool to analyze the elemental composition of material without destroying the material. The device is based on principles … Continue reading

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Archaeology in the digital age

Archaeology cannot stand still in the digital age. Computer-aided methods can give archaeologists better tools to record and analyze data. Digital imaging can help us to better display our finds and conclusions. One of the tools we use at Khirbet … Continue reading

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The daily grind of the dig

An archaeological excavation is an interesting experience. It’s fascinating to dig up something that someone else has last touched thousands of years ago. It makes it all worthwhile. But archaeology is careful, methodical excavation. That means a lot of measurements … Continue reading

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