Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Tombs of Ashkelon

Forty-five feet down from the previous picture is my dig site Canaanite Tombs that were last used for burials around 1500 BC. Tony the site supervisor is sitting at the bottom of the shaftthat  the ancients used to bring their dearly beloved's bodies down to the tombs.

Yes the Canaanite's dug down about 45 feet beneath their homes and hollowed out tombs in the sandstone. In this one there was one large opening and three smaller tombs around the edges. You can see the opening of one of them on the left.

You can also see some of our tools and supplies. The rubber baskets - called "goffa's" are made from recycled truck tires. We filled them with dirt from the tombs and carried them up the 45 feet to the sifting area where we sifted each one to make sure we did not miss any Small artifact.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ashkelon Dig Site

Ashkelon is a city on the Israel Mediterranean coast just north of Gaza. It was first settled by the Canaanite people About 4,000 BC and by 1300 BC was a well developed city with mud brick walls  and arched gates.

This is a picture of my dig site in 1999 and the Canaanite tombs that I worked in are over the edge and about 45 feet down. This was a wonderful place to dig and the seven weeks I spent there were not enough.

Still trying to work out posting pictures on blogger.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Archaeology is a great love in my life and I have excavated in Ashkelon and Petra since 1999.
This is my second time around for Digging In The Dirt as the frist journal on journals space is no more.
More to come soon.
Larry Odom-Groh