>Digging at Hazor

>Archaeologists have finished their 21st season of work digging at Hazor. The dig was conducted under the leadership of the co-directors Professor Amnon Ben-Tor and Dr. Sharon Zuckerman.

In a previous post, I wrote about one of the most important finds this season at Hazor. Archaeologists discovered two fragments of a legal tablet written in Akkadian. The tablets were dated to the Middle Bronze age and are contemporary with, and similar to laws found in the Code of Hammurabi.

In the excerpt below, the archeologists describe their plans for the 2011 season:

By the end of the 2009 season, we had removed most of the eighth-century walls and strata. At the beginning of this season, we spent the first week finishing that job. The next level of occupation was the ninth-century. I thought it would take a season to excavate the remains from that period. We blew through it in a couple of weeks. Area M is outside the Solomonic city so there were no tenth-century domestic dwellings outside the city. Thus we began to penetrate down to the Late Bronze Age palace. By the end of the season, we were on top of the palace and some monumental stones were beginning to appear.

It is in Area M that Dr. Sharon Zuckerman has suggested that the administrative palace of Hazor was and the Canaanite archive of the Late Bronze level would be located. When the archive(s) are found at Hazor, it/they will be a major contribution to Biblical studies and go a long way to resolve some of the thorny issues in Biblical Archaeology.

We should be on the floor of the palace next season so I know I will have a lot of sifting to do. Please join us next season as we seek to explore the LB Palace at Hazor. Who knows what is on the floors in some of the rooms!

Read the complete report of the 2010 season here.

By the way, if you are interested in going to Israel to participate in the 2011 season, the archaeologists digging at Hazor are looking for volunteers. Join them in 2011 and be part of history, as the archeologists (hopefully) find the Canaanite archives.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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