Salvage projects and publications
The below descriptions are brief accounts of the salvage work carried out by Y.G. Archaeology under the academic auspices of the NGSBA. More extensive accounts will be made available when field work has been completed—in the form of a report to the client and the IAA. Following lab analysis and interpretation, the final stage will entail detailed publication. Small-scale projects will usually be published here on the website. Larger-scaled projects will often be published in print as well. In such cases, links will be provided to pdf files of these reports.
In 2011 Y.G. Contract Archaeology was contracted to excavate and record a large area of ancient stone quarries on this hilltop site overlooking the central Coastal Plain of Israel. Directed by Conn Herriott, the project was carried out by a mixed team of archaeologists, Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeology students, and Bedouin workers.
Previous archaeological investigations at Tsur Natan had revealed a variety of prehistoric and later remains. The nari stone quarries which the current project focused on dated mostly to the Byzantine period, when the settlement of Antesion - and associated farms - occupied much of this hilltop.
In one of the quarries (F12) we found a tomb which dated to the Iron Age II. At least seven individuals were interred here, along with a rich array of burial gifts - scarabs, beads, shells, bracelets, other metal objects and pottery vessels.
Tsur Natan Final Report:
Chapter 1 - Site Introduction
Chapter 2 - Tomb Introduction
Chapter 3 - Human Remains from the Tomb
Chapter 4 - Ceramics from the Tomb
Chapter 5 - Glyptics from the Tomb
Chapter 6 - Beads from the Tomb
Chapter 7 - Metal Objects from the Tomb
Chapter 8 - Tomb Discussion
Chapter 9 - Features relating to Wine, Oil and Food
Chapter 10 - The Quarry (Quarry Plans)
Chapter 11 - Post-Quarry Activity