Week 4 Synopsis at Lahav

In the last week and a half, we finished up work in both areas as well as opening up another area to the bottom of the site. As always, as we got deeper and deeper, the finds just kept getting better. In a back room of the house, I found another destruction area with a large oil lamp, some weaving materials, and one almost intact juglet. Below are the final photos of the site, used in the final report. We spent an entire morning sweeping and cleaning up before being able to take the pictures with a drone. Even after taking the final photos, we kept working in one area with a large saturation of loom weights. Eventually, it was apparent that the loom weights were in a line and that a loom could possibly have been standing there at the time of destruction.

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After field work ended, there was a lot of paperwork to finish. We had to trace final top plans of each area with to scale drawings. We also registered all of the artifacts based on specific colors, measurements, and weight. I enjoyed the office work as much as the field work, although for different reasons.

Ultimately, this season at Lahav opened up more questions than gave answers. With the information, daily life specialists can learn more about cooking preparation and weaving. We also discovered more about how the Tell settlement was set up and who inhabited it at different times.