Since a list of expectations would be utterly inappropriate here, it is best to make a wish list of the results of the Azekah excavations, which are planned to take place in mid-2012.

Byzantine remains are desired to be the first ones found, being of the village Kefr Zechariah, as Byzantine sherds are still to be found on the surface of the tell. Below that, a Roman stratum is desired to be found, then a further uncovering of the rectangular Hasmonean fortress, with further discussion as to its date. I deeply want the excavators to find some Late Persian and Early Hellenistic occupation (perhaps, a governor’s residence)? A destruction layer dating to 588-6 BC is definitely desired to be found. 7th century BC fortifications, after a 701 BC destruction layer mentioned in the Azekah inscription are quite definitely desired to be found. Below that, the 8th Century BC fortress is desired to shed light upon the lmlk jar distribution system to the Valley of Elah (the identification of Socoh being the most desirable). Below that, the excavations are desired to shed light upon the interaction between Judah and Gath in Iron IIA, the Late Iron I Elah polity, and the Elah valley in the LB and Early Iron I.

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