Tel Maresha of Beit Guvrin Archaeological

We spent the morning at the Archaeological Seminars Institute at the site of Tel Maresha of Beit Guvrin. Tel Maresha, in the area of Beit Guvrin, ancestral home of King Herod.  With many underground caves of man-made rooms are being systematically cleaned and given evidence to industrial complexes dating from the Hellenistic period and finding

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Marc Turnage and Dr. Mordechai Aviam
El-Araj Shovel Testing Survey: Day Five

Day 5: Thursday   We arrived at 8:00 a.m. at el-Araj for the last day of the survey.  We continued digging and sifting the square that had proved fruitful the day before.  We opened one last square.  In total we opened eleven squares over the course of the survey.  The sifting uncovered more sherds of

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El-Araj Shovel Testing Survey: Day Four

We arrived at 8:00am at el-Araj.  We continued digging the square that we opened yesterday, and opened two more squares.  One of the new squares provided very little diagnostic pottery.  The other new square, however, provided many rims, which allow for dating of the pottery, and some mosaic tesserae.  Also, the column protruding from the

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El-Araj Shovel Testing Survey: Day Three

Day 3: Tuesday Once again, we arrived at el-Araj at 8:00am with 15 students.  Today we continued digging in the two squares that proved fruitful yesterday, and we opened another square.  Although the new square did not provide a lot of pottery, it did yield two pieces of Late Hellenistic (Hasmonean) pottery that are quite

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