Saturday, January 29, 2011

Gifts from the Past

This pottery table has some of the pottery items that I excavated from the 3500 year old Canaanite tomb at Ashkelon. The variety of pottery and pieces of pottery provides archaeologist the ability to reconstruct the daily life and burial customs of the ancient peoples.

Each of these items was a source of great excitement for me in 1999. As I brushed aside the dirt that covered them for three and a half centuries it felt like receiving a gift from the past. 

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