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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Week 3 Synopsis at Lahav

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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.

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First Week Synopsis at Lahav


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Lahav Research Project 2016

Hi my name is Emma Efkeman. I am a sophomore here at William and Mary. This summer I traveled to Lahav, Israel to volunteer on an archaeological dig with Emory University. I would first like to say that none of this would be possible without support from the Judaic Studies Department at W&M. They were extremely helpful in getting me a research grant and a plethora of opportunities. The site we worked on a site that goes back to the 4th millennium and that the area we will be working on dates to the 8th century. The Tel lays on a road connected the Via Maris (Sea Road) to the Hill Country, making it an important landmark for trade and travelers. I stayed on a kibbutz and worked everyday from 5AM to 1PM uncovering a house from the Iron Age II period.