Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 7 Gezer Update

By Dr. Dan Warner

Today was an interesting day, after removing about 49 bags of debris it is the day we believe to have broken through into the entrance of the water source. We were not exactly sure what we were looking for since Macalister never fully described what the entrance would look like but after digging through very tough debris filled with large stones and boulders we reach a very sharp curved ceiling and it leveled off after entering it. So we believed we have penetrated the passageway which according to Macalister is only 4 ft. high and although it width or depth we do not know since he never gave its dimensions he did give the length to it as being 55 ft. from the second mantel which we found last year and we are approximate 63 ft. passed the mantel so we have come to the conclusion we are there. 

After digging a small trench in front of the entrance we entered the passage way for about 4 ft. in and soon encountered large slabs of what we believe to be roof collapse from the ceiling of the cavern. These large slabs soft limestone prohibited us from going further today so tomorrow we hope to break through them and enter the cavern and determine the feasibility of exploring the cavern to return next year.


The Gezer Water System project is co-sponsored by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary under the direction of Tsvika Tsuk, chief archaeologist at INPA, and Dan Warner, co-director of the Center for Archaeological Research at NOBTS.

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