Fall 2009 Excavations - Tiberias Israel

"Week 2"

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A new week and a new square is opened where I would spend most of the next 3 weeks with Said and a few others. Links of a mosque lamp chain and some pieces of a glass lamp were found just below the surface. Work also began to move along on the mosaic with expansion of that square. As hoped, the floor proved to go beyond the small area uncovered in the spring. Square West work continued with many pottery sherds turning up -and- at the large northern square, a huge reservoir was being revealed under the courtyard floor. Our field trip this week was particularly exciting as we traveled a few miles north of Tiberias to Magdala(Migdal) and toured the Israel Antiquties Authority salvage dig there. They had just recently uncovered a first century synagogue which held a large carved stone adorned with a menorah and other representations.

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