Ferrell Jenkins has posted a few photos from the current excavation of Khirbet Qeiyafa. If that name sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because I wrote a number of posts about this site last summer (start here), suggesting that it may have been the location of the Philistine encampment at Ephes-dammim. The excavator believes that the site is biblical Shaaraim. I am pretty confident that it is not Shaaraim and look forward to the time when I can articulate my reasons more carefully. In the meantime, you can see an impressive photo of a gatehouse as well as a glass bottle discovered at the site this season.
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