Biblical Archaeology Review 24:1, January/February 1998

Banias Dig Reveals King’s Palace

[But which king?]

By John F. WilsonVassilios Tzaferis

“Trim the balk!” we cried to the volunteers, encouraging them to clean the sides of their excavation square. As volunteers dig down, they leave the balks standing to preserve the layers of debris deposits. The balks are critical for dating purposes, for they reveal the stratigraphy of the site. But to be useful, they must be clean and fresh—and straight.

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