Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gezer in the News

As some will know, I have twice taken a team of students to Tel-Gezer to participate in the ongoing excavations. For a variety of reasons we chose not to participate this year. As it turns out, this was the summer they found evidence for a previously unknown Canaanite city. Some people have all the luck. 

Here is an excerpt from the Live Science article. 

Archaeologists have unearthed traces of a previously unknown, 14th-century Canaanite city buried underneath the ruins of another city in Israel.
The traces include an Egyptian amulet of Amenhotep III and several pottery vessels from the Late Bronze Age unearthed at the site of Gezer, an ancient Canaanite city.Gezer was once a major center that sat at the crossroads of trade routes between Asia and Africa, said Steven Ortiz, a co-director of the site's excavations and a biblical scholar at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.The remains of the ancient city suggest the site was used for even longer than previously known.

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