A large archaeological expedition has been happening in Shlomi for the past six months. The Israel Antiquities Authority revealed that a unique kiln had been found within a pottery workshop. It dates back 1,600 years. The kiln is unique because it is built within the bedrock instead of being the usual stone structure they expect to find. The kiln was meticulously made. The chalk bedrock was soft enough to be quarried but also able to withstand the necessary heat of the kiln.
What I found interesting was that it appears that only two types of vessels were produced here. That ties in a bit with what we were discussing this week with the city setup where specific goods were made and taken to the marketplace for sale.
Another aspect I found interesting about this is the site itself. It has been a large scale excavation going on. They said many volunteers (amateur archaeologists) have been on site. A large number of these volunteers are from two high schools in the area. That seems like a wonderful thing. Giving high school students a hands on approach to learning their history that is literally buried very close to them. This will also help in keeping the interest in these types of expeditions.