Shimi tells me it was a 6:00 am - 5:00 pm day in the field today. Stratigraphically, they have moved into the Hellenistic/Early Roman period. The plan is to dig a small probe tomorrow to see if there is any differentiation between that earlier material and the Roman/Byzantine period structure they've largely finished excavating.
The team sent along pictures of several interesting finds:
Finally, Jeff has returned to Ashkelon and he sent along some pictures. This one is of Shimi with Jacob and Uri, two members of the team of Israeli workers. They worked with Shimi during the summer field season before things were cut short and then resumed working with him this month. Along with the entire team of workers, they did a great job moving a lot of dirt. It goes without saying, work in Grid 32 has made a major contribution to what we know about the site of ancient Ashkelon.