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A Tour of Gezer, Israel

A Tour of Gezer, Israel

Israel is full of archaeological remains that are exciting to explore. Many can be identified as biblical cities, thus brining many people to see the sites of ancient Israel. Of course there have been excavations done, but there are many more to be done.

This six chamber gate is a debate among archaeologists as an Iron Age or Bronze Age.

This six chamber gate is a debate among archaeologists as an Iron Age or Bronze Age.

A part of working on an archaeological dig is learning the trade. As student volunteers we learn how to tag, sort, and date artifacts. We learn to take heights and about the history of the sites. We have lectures three times a week. Another part of this learning process is visiting other sites to understand other archaeological projects in the area.

Today, we visited Tel Gezer. It is located in the foothills of the Judean Mountains between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. At this site there are remains from the Bronze and Iron ages. It is also often related to the Joshua and Solomon in the biblical sources. Some of the main installations at this site are the Canaanite standing stones, the six-chamber gate, and the water system. There was also an inscription found at this site – a calendar of the harvest seasons.

Hanging out in an ancient water basin

Hanging out in an ancient water basin

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