GIS Team

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The last week of the season is always a crazy busy one for our GIS team. In addition to their regular responsibilities producing daily top plans, surveying the site, and other assorted tasks, they have to produce grid phase plans and prepare images/models to be used in the end of season lecture. 

What do we mean by grid phase plans? These are plans that show all the architecture from each occupational horizon within a given grid. They are, in other words, a key tool in our reconstruction of each phase of settlement at Tel Shimron. Once the phase plans are done, models, some of which might be 3D, will be created to better illustrate (or animate) what we see in the phase plans. 

A shout out to our stellar GIS team for all their hard work! 

The Staff at Work

It's the last week of the excavation!

Above, the registrars discuss some artifacts. Co-Director Mario Martin excavates in the field (a rare privilege since he is often too busy). What's a zooarchaeologist to do when she wants to start a comparative collection? Why get someone to dig a hole for her, of course. Professor Kate Birney explains pottery to a student. Co-Director Daniel Master also finds some time to excavate in the field.

Even as we keep excavating, supervisors are writing their reports, preparing to draw sections, and double checking that all their books are up to date. In the pottery compound, the registrars are preparing the end of season Finds Display which will give everyone an opportunity to see some of the season's most interesting finds. (We'll definitely share pictures.) The volunteers leave on Saturday and then it is on to staff week when we will finish all our materials processing, put everything into storage and prepare to head home ourselves.

A Day in Grid 94 AND We Survived Week Five

Wow! What a week. In Grid 94, they continued their excavation of a mixed domestic and industrial courtyard with sunken jars and plaster installations. 

In Grid 92, they worked on exposing more of the Middle Bronze Age and in Grid 23/24, the team began dismantling the latest phase of the street and the buildings fronting it. 

It's a short weekend for us, we are back at work on Sunday, and then it is on to our last week. There is still a great deal to do. We'll be excavating three or four more days before we start sweeping for photos. At the same time, we will start organizing the storage of artifacts, prepare for the final party, and get ready to say goodbye to new friends. 

We have one more week to make memories and uncover another chapter in the history of Tel Shimron. 

 

A Day in Grid 92

A Day in Grid 23/24

Just Another Monday

We are back at work articulating walls, tracing floors, and finding all types of objects. The next two weeks will be busy as we race to finish all of our work before the end of the season.

Building Relationships

Archaeobotanists from Tel Shimron talk with staff from Tel Kabri

Archaeobotanists from Tel Shimron talk with staff from Tel Kabri

Earlier this season, we hosted archaeologists from Tel Kabri. They toured the site and had an opportunity to use our flotation machine to process some of their samples. While here, they extended an invitation for Tel Shimron archaeologists to visit their site. Today, some staff had an opportunity to make that visit and while at Tel Kabri, they received a tour of the site's Middle Bronze Age palace.

A large room in the palace

A large room in the palace

Discussing stratigraphy with Tel Kabri Co-Director Assaf Yasur-Landau

Discussing stratigraphy with Tel Kabri Co-Director Assaf Yasur-Landau

Tomorrow we are back at work. It's the last two weeks of excavation and the end is almost in sight. This is both good and bad because we know what we need to do before we leave AND we know what we need to do before we leave. During the next week, Grid 94 will continue to expose more of their Late Hellenistic/Early Roman phase.

Excavation in Grid 94

Excavation in Grid 94

In Grid 92, they will continue their hunt for the Middle Bronze Age. 

Volunteers and staff getting a tour of Grid 92

Volunteers and staff getting a tour of Grid 92

In Grid 23/24 excavation will continue on the Late Roman/Byzantine period street and the buildings that front it. As always, it promises to be another busy week. 

Street in Grid 23/24

Street in Grid 23/24