Gezer Regional Survey

Abnormal readers will know that I have a soft place in my heart for all things Gezer. On the last day of last year Hadashot Arkheologiyot published Eric Mitchell, Jason M. Zan, Cameron S. Coyle and Adam R. Dodd’s preliminary report on the 2007-11 seasons of the Tel Gezer regional survey project. Todd Bolen posts excerpts at Bible Places. The whole report is worthy of attention. I’ll just post the conclusion.

The results of the 2007–2011 Tel Gezer Survey seasons have been encouraging in terms of both artifacts and features documented, as well as total area covered. At the current rate, it is estimated that two to three additional seasons will be necessary to complete surveying a 1 km radius around Tel Gezer. Our goal for the future is to publish a catalog of features within our survey area, as well as articles on the tombs and presses of Tel Gezer. At the end of the project, we will analyze all our GPS location data for features and artifacts from every season via mapping software. Using this data, we can construct a clearer understanding of distribution patterns for various features, as well as draw wider conclusions about the use of the land around the ancient city of Gezer.

Read the whole report in Hadashot Arkheologiyot.