Week One of the Shiloh excavation is completed. We had six teams working in various areas and a total of 63 team members.
I supervised a team in the upper portion of the excavation area, and my goal was to uncover the corner of monumental structure that we discovered in past excavations seasons. It turned out that finding the corner was not as simple as it sounds.
It appears that in the Roman period, someone dis-assembled part of the wall and built a structure right over the elusive corner. My team carefully excavated the Roman structure. At the floor level, we found a very nice threshold stone.
Once we carefully documented and photographed the Roman structure, we began to remove it. Hopefully next week I can get below the Roman level and find some lower courses of the older structure that I am looking for.
Each of the other teams had different and interesting areas in which to work. One team had to remove a rock pile in order to get down to archaeological material. On Friday, they finally uncovered the top of a wall. Another team uncovered what appears to be a cooking hearth. A third team worked hard to remove debris that made their excavation area unsafe. Hopefully next week they will be able to get into a good archaeological context. Another team, working by the ancient city wall, uncovered some interesting stones. They are researching other sites with similar stones to figure out their purpose. The final team is working outside the city wall. There seems to be some sort of structure outside the city wall. They are trying to discover its purpose.
In the coming week, we will say goodbye to some of our volunteers and welcome new ones. We should have a larger team in the coming week than we had this past week, and we will form a seventh team working in an interesting area to the east of our current excavation area.
Please pray for health and safety for our entire team. We did pretty well this week, but each day, a few volunteers stayed back sick, and some team members have had a few minor injuries such as scrapes and bruises.
I was too busy to take many photos this week. Hopefully next week I will have more to share.