The Tel Sochoh Excavation Website

The Socoh Excavation, led by Yuval Goren (known most prominently as a clay analyst), has opened a website right here. The website symbol is the S4L lmlk impression. The website suggests it was Socoh-Khirbet ‘Abbad that was the lmlk pottery (my previous guesses were Lachish and Achzib-Tell el-Beidah). Also, only one Socoh lmlk impression (out of over 14 lmlk impressions found at the site) was found at the Tel. Curiously, while the website emblem is an S4L (L for ‘Lapidarist’), the lmlk handle found at the site appears to be an S2U (U for ‘Undivided Bottom Inscription’).

The website’s reasoning behind Socoh being the lmlk pottery appears to be faulty. Socoh was the last geographical name to have its own lmlk impressions (there are no “S4C’s”) and a lone Socoh impression at a major Shephelah city is nothing unusual. If Elah Socoh was lmlk Socoh, we would expect Socoh to be the first GN to have its own lmlk impressions and not just one, but at least seven Socoh lmlk stamp impressions to have been found in the survey of Elah Socoh. I would suggest, if Yuval Goren is right, the lmlk pottery was most likely located at Achzib/Tell el-Beidah. I have always thought the lmlk Socoh to be Shuweika E. of Dahriya since I began doing serious research on the subject of lmlk impressions.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

6 thoughts on “The Tel Sochoh Excavation Website”

  1. “…the lmlk handle found at the site appears to be an S2U…”

    Which handle are you referring to? The line drawing they use on their Home page is an S4L; the single handle published last year is an H2D.

    Note that I’m going to update the corpus to reflect the 10 new ones found in last year’s survey.

      1. THANKS! Now I see it. You cannot imagine how much I hate SWF (Flash) web pages. I hate that stupid mouse-hovering response … wait forever for the pictures to scroll … hmm, wonder how many photos there are … maybe I should just keep hovering my mouse & waste the rest of my life away. Etc. (expletives deleted).

          1. Yes, I noticed that on May 17th last year, & according to WhoIs, someone in Japan had claimed it in April. Fortunately I saved a screenshot back in May 2012. The WayBackMachine supposedly saved 16 captures, but they don’t render anything in my IE10 browser.

            1. Yup. Shows nothing but a gray page in Firefox. I remember it was all in Flash; I don’t think archive.org saves Flash animations. You are very smart to save screenshots that I never thought to save.

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