Monday, January 31, 2011

What is it?

In 1999 I was digging in a Canaanite tomb in Ashkelon. I had uncovered a good number of skulls already and thought that this might be another one.

As it turned out my  first I thought that it was another skull was wrong. It was pottery and an import from Greece at that. What was Greek pottery doing in Canaan?. Around 1500 BC the best pottery was imported from Greece and it was expensive so to leave it in the tomb most likely meant that it was a treasure of one of the dearly departed and left with that person.

What joy to dig in the dirt and make shuch interesting discoveries.


  1. wow, I am just getting caught up with this blog. I think that's how I first started reading you on JS. Sure do enjoy these photos and stories.