We are pleased to announce the fifteenth season of excavations for the team from Concordia Saint Paul at Hippos of the Decapolis. Excavation will take place from 3-28 July. Housing will be at Kibbutz Ein Gev. This season’s work will be divided between two areas. Part of the team will work on the east side of the House of Tyche, finishing a large work and storage facility. The rest of the team will work on the southeast corner of a building to the north of the Northeast Church, in hopes of clarifying its function and relationship to the church compound. Please, review the links on the main menu for details about the dig. The 2016 season is the final full season of excavation scheduled for the Concordia team.
Courtesy of the University of Haifa, an aerial photo of the Project at the end of 2015…
Equipment has been stored for another year. We have returned to the states, and the jet lag is almost gone. The time is at hand to say “Farewell” to the 2015 season and to begin to think about 2016. Details are still coming together. Watch for more. The report will be published here in November. Thanks to students and volunteers for their hard work! May the memories be cherished.
The final 3D models of our excavation season are now available: DQ40 West on 9 August DQ40 West on 10 August DQ40 South on 11 August All areas at the end of the season
At the end of week three, the destruction of the earthquake that destroyed our building is even more apparent. The middle section of our window wall seems to be blown apart. However, at the bottom of the fill a column appears in the plaster floor. It is the first hint indicating how the area was roofed (and explains a number of broken pieces in the fill that may have come from simple arch). You can see the column appearing next to the upright of the frame for our shade. By the way, we also found an olive pit near the column. We will sift for more when we go back to work on Sunday.
It has been very hot on the mountain this week. Three times we had to shorten our work day to avoid dangerous conditions. And after a day in the heat, a shower doesn’t seem enough. Just ask Zach and Dr. Schuler.