Week 2 Synopsis at Lahav

This week, we found a plaster floor surface. From the top, it looked like just another layer of rocks to dig through, but from the side, one supervisor noticed a thin white line running across the layers. It was honestly one of the coolest things ever. Once we dug down to the line, there was the nice white plaster surface. Only a few minutes later and our eyes were opened to the other thin white lines running through all the cross sections—barely discernible.

A8 found a food preparation area with tons of 8th century destruction remnants. Since this Tell is thought to have been destroyed suddenly by the Assyrian king Sennacherib, it is a very well preserved example of daily life. The inhabitants left so quickly that the house is set up very similar to how it would have been every day.  Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 7.32.29 PM

A7 found a mini oil lamp and a mini jug as well. When objects are too small to be useful in every day life, one of the most common hypotheses is that they are votive. We will continue to look into these small oil lamps throughout the next week.

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  1. cmcrowley01 says:

    Hey Emma,

    This is so interesting! I am wondering what type of people would have lived in this house. Also, what was the significance of Lahav in terms of politics/trade of the day? It’s actually a super interesting idea about this lamp and jug – and how an anthropologist must discern an object’s purpose (is it functional, votive, or both).

    Thanks for the pictures – seems like a great project.


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