The past few days, before and after the weekend, have been spent finishing digging. We’ve cleaned the squares, drawn sections and top plans, and taken pictures. Wednesday we head back to the States after a busy but productive dig season. In the Iron IIC/Persian building we found a three-footed bowl on the last day and reached the bottom of the walls in two rooms. The biggest finds were likely made in JIV, the Jalul Islamic Village. Two Islamic language ostraca were found, and are still being translated. Also a large stone in reuse as a pavement stone in the Mamluke khan we are excavating, when turned over, revealed a circle with a cross in the middle with Greek writing in between and below the design. This find is quite important because it shows that there was a Byzantine presence at the site.
Closing the Squares28 04 2008