I think next week I will come back to my Late Bronze chapter, but today I wanted to highlight what I accomplished this week: I finished another chapter! I kind of feel like it is cheating because the chapter is only four pages, but an important four. The Hellenistic Period at Safut was the subject of the chapter and of the following sentence:
While working through pottery from the late Iron Age, four storage jar rims were identified that did not fit in the corpus of the late Iron Age IIC/Persian Period.
These four storage jar rims ended up dating to the 3rd-2nd centuries BCE. Now, you might ask “What is so important about four rims?” Well, previously no Hellenistic presence of any kind had been found at the site. One of the rims was almost almost complete and consisted of four sherds spread across four different loci. So it seems unlikely that this was a case of a traveler or two stopping by the site and discarding some broken vessel.