Can You Dig It?

Gezer 2012 - Update Four

By Gary D. Myers

Today brought another strong effort by the Gezer team. On this second day of the dig the team continued the tunnel clean-up and added more safety measures. The crew removed 40 bags of dirt, rocks and debris.

For most of the day the team continued the job of flattening and smoothing out the hump halfway up the tunnel. The team also placed several catch fences designed to catch falling debris that can dislodge as bags are pulled up the tunnel. 

After shaping up the path for the bags, the team worked to knock down a debris area near the bottom of the tunnel. This area, about half the width of the tunnel, was left last year near the end of the dig season. On June 5, 2011, Dr. Warner and Dr. Parker decide the stop excavating the entire width of the tunnel and focus on reaching the natural cave at the end of the tunnel. Their plan worked and the team was able to reach the cave two days later. This year, Warner and Parker wanted to remove that section in order to open up the entire width of the natural cave and attempt to locate the water source. That work was almost completed today. A bit more work is need in this area on May 30 before the team can move into the cave.

Dig leaders are hopeful that sometime tomorrow afternoon, the team will be digging in the cave again. At that point, the team will begin screening the material taken from the cave.

Today’s Gezer Passage

Joshua 16:1-10

“(1) The allotment for Joseph began at the Jordan, east of the springs of Jericho, and went up from there through the desert into the hill country of Bethel. (2) It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz ), crossed over to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth, (3) descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites as far as the region of Lower Beth Horon and on to Gezer, ending at the Mediterranean Sea. (4) So Manasseh and Ephraim, the descendants of Joseph, received their inheritance. (5) This was the territory of Ephraim, according to its clans: The boundary of their inheritance went from Ataroth Addar in the east to Upper Beth Horon (6) and continued to the Mediterranean Sea. From Mikmethath on the north it curved eastward to Taanath Shiloh, passing by it to Janoah on the east. (7) Then it went down from Janoah to Ataroth and Naarah, touched Jericho and came out at the Jordan. (8) From Tappuah the border went west to the Kanah Ravine and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Ephraimites, according to its clans. (9) It also included all the towns and their villages that were set aside for the Ephraimites within the inheritance of the Manassites.( 10) They did not dislodge the Canaanites living in Gezer; to this day the Canaanites live among the people of Ephraim but are required to do forced labor.