Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bones In The Tomb

What we found the most of in this 3500 year old Canaanite tomb was bones. Here Neta the Israeli anthropologist is checking my work and analyze what she could even before we removed them to her lab.

The ancient Canaanite you see laying there turned out to be male and was about 35 years old when he died. A normal life span at the time.

What a day that was.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Tomb

This tomb was hollowed out 3500 years ago by a Canaanite family and was one of three off the main chamber. Burstmode ask about what they left there with the dead. 

The body was lowered down the 45 foot long shaft and laid out in the middle of tomb. If a previous set of bones was in the middle they were pushed aside to make a place for the new resident. The family then had a last meal with the dearly departed. The pottery dishes were left there. 

We found thousands of carbonized olive pits in the tombs so we know that olives were part of the meal. Some of the bodies had personal items like a scarab seal, necklace, rings, or tools. Most of the artifacts we found were pottery plates small jugs and wine amphora. More to come on this subject.