Tag Archives: Tell Halif

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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Summer 2016 at Tell Halif

I am not in Israel this summer, but there’s something happening at Tell Halif. A team are excavating at the northern end of Field V and establishing the connection between Fields IV and V. They are finding some good stuff. … Continue reading

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Archaeological interpretation of a house

The assumptions we bring to archaeology partly determine our interpretation of archaeological finds. There is a constant relationship between small-scale observations and the greater patterns and narratives we see. J. David Schloen’s book on the house of the father does … Continue reading

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House pillar

As previously mentioned, pillars were a characteristic of houses in Ancient Israel. While in the coastal plain, the archaeological remains of pillars are somewhat ephemeral, in the highlands the pillar bases are usually large, easily identifiable stones. In this view … 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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More tannur experiments

A few years ago I built a copy of an ancient bread oven – a tannur – when I was studying in the USA. I even described the building of the oven and then using it on this blog. Well, … Continue reading

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