Sunday 15th November

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EXCAVATION BEGINS AT KURSI BEACH – SEASON 2015

Our container from the Hatter Laboratory

Our container from the Hatter Laboratory

After arriving at the gates to Kursi Beach at 7am, we met with the Park Ranger. He gave us the keys for the gate into the reservation, and we started the first day of our very exciting excavation.

Our previous meetings with the representatives of the Israeli Antiquity Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority gave us a good idea of what we should be looking for, and so we quickly located our areas of interest, named them Area A (the breakwater/anchorage) and Area B (the public buildings) and started work.

We started by cleaning up the thick, heavy reeds, bushes and brambles. This activity continued the whole day without any special finds.

This is exhausting and dirty work, and we relied heavily on our volunteers who did not disappoint us. Since the whole site is heavily covered with vegetation, mainly reeds, and brambles, an exerted effort was made to clear the area. The task was further complicated by the bulbs of the reeds, embedded between the local, basalt stone

Equipment from the Hatter Laboratory as well as a container with some tools sent by the Israel Antiquities Authority were placed in the vicinity of the proposed excavation area.

Area A looking like a very dense jungle!

Area A looking like a very dense jungle!

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Area A showing some clearance and heavy basalt stones

Dr Haim Cohen, co-director of the excavation with Dr Yossie Salmon of The Haifa Technion who is setting up a geotactic RTK GPR for Area A and our volunteer Linette

Dr Haim Cohen, co-director of the excavation with Dr Yossie Salmon of The Haifa Technion who is setting up a geodetic RTK GPR for Area A and our volunteer Lynette

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