Not many digs this year are keeping the unfortunate, non-participants, informed about what is going on. I miss seeing anything from Dan, Gezer, and Hazor. Nothing new has appeared on the Khirbet Qeiyafa page since the middle of May. Maybe they have fewer workers and time does not permit. Of course, we have had a few notes from our friends who are working there. We had an earlier report on the Mt Zion Excavation.
The one real exception has been the excavation at Tell es-Safi/Gath. Prof. Aren Maer has kept us updated and included some nice photos along the way. Check here and read back through the season.
A 2009 Post season wrap-up on Ashkelon is available here.
Dr. Bryant G. Wood has provided a report here on the season at Khirbet el-Maqatir, a site that he thinks may be biblical Ai.
The photo below shows the Palace of the Canaanite Kings of Hazor. The palace which dates from the 14th-13th centuries B.C. (Late Bronze period) is said to be of a ceremonial nature. Excavators are still looking for the administrative palace at some other place on the tel. The palace, like the rest of Hazor, was destroyed by fire. It has been restored in order to give visitors some real insight into the size and function of the building.
Gordon Franz has posted an interesting interview with conservator Orna Cohen, the restorer of the palace, on his Life and Land Seminars page here. Orna was responsible for the restoration of the Roman Boat that many visitors to Israel have seen at Nof Ginosaur.