With Sam Wolff
Sam Wolff, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority, co-directs the excavations at Tel Gezer (with co-director Steve Ortiz of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary). He gives a status report on one of the three current excavations at Gezer, which is aimed at clarifying the dating of the Iron Age Gate. (The other two are the survey excavation in the area around Gezer, and the excavation of the Gezer water system.) Sam reports the excavations in 2013 are expected to reach the target levels.
With Prof. Keith Schoville
Gezer, an Old Testament site, is an important archaeological benchmark. Excavations all over Israel are connected to Gezer, the work that has gone on there has uncovered important discoveries. But some issues are still unresolved, in particular related to the “Solomonic Gate.” A new excavation directed by Sam Wolff and Steve Ortiz started several years ago. Sam is with the Israel Antiquities Authority and Steve is with Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Then the summer before last an additional excavation began, into the Gezer water system. It’s directed by Dan Warner, of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Tsvika Tsuk of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.