Friday, June 8, 2012

Day 8: Shabbat Shalom

We hit rock after rock after rock today on the dig site.  I am not entirely sure how far we went down in our square.  Based on the size of some of the rocks that we collectively lifted, we went down a good bit.  The most exciting discovery came toward the end of the day.

Fridays conclude with area tours so we might view the other areas weekly progress and learn what they have been up to.  In archaeology, one of the most important aspects of digging is staying uniformly level throughout your square.  Taking out so many different shaped rocks (some from a collapsed wall and others that had been covered by random chance) left many divets in the area.  In the last 30 minutes, we did a quick and efficient leveling of the square that revealed another unique stone:  a grinding stone.  I am not sure if I am allowed to post the picture or not, but suffice for the moment a description.  It is a square shaped stone with a several centimeter linear indention through the middle of the top portion of the rock.  In the middle of that indention is a further circular indention.  We are going to talk more about it next week, but I believe a flat, circular grinding stone was rolled back and forth in the larger indention while in the smaller one was collected the grinded meal.  It is appears to have been placed awkwardly in the wall in secondary use and not as an instillation of the building we excavate.

The last item on the schedule for the day is pottery washing in about 30 minutes.  We get to sleep in until 8 a.m. tomorrow, but I am sure many of us will be up far earlier.  We will be visiting the northern sites of Tel Dan and Banias in the morning and relaxing again tomorrow night.  Sunday morning we will return bright and early to the site.