Samar Dallasheh and Duaa Abu-Salah
Final Report
In January–March 2017 and February–March 2018, two excavation seasons were conducted at the mosaic compound in Lod (Permit Nos. A-7891, A-8223; map ref. 191000–19/651395–415), as part of an educational programs organized with ‘New Way’ and the Merchavim Institute (Figs. 1, 2).The excavations, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by the Morningstar Foundation in cooperation with the Lod Municipality, were directed by S. Dallasheh and D. Abu Salah, with the assistance of E. York (educational director, organization and administration), Y. Amrani and R. Abu Halaf (administration), D. Ben Ami, A. ‘Azav, P. Gendelman and I. Korenfeld (consultation and scientific guidance), as well as D. Weinberger, T. Haviv Mashiah, V. Bosidan-Gadol, T. Bluestein, T. Shabi, M. Abu-‘Alan, H. Hazan, A. Ben-Atar, A. Bar and N. Anitali (IAA Archaeological Education Center). Arab and Jewish students from elementary schools in Lod and volunteers from the Ma‘oz pre-military preparatory program in Lod participated in the excavation.
Four squares (3 × 4 m) were opened approximately 15 m south of the complex of villas with magnificent mosaic floors that was uncovered in previous excavations (Gorzalczany et al. 2016, and see references therein). All squares were excavated to a depth of 0.4 m below the surface in a layer of grayish brown clayey soil mixed with alluvium and an accumulation of potsherds from the Roman, Byzantine, Early Islamic and Ottoman periods, tesserae of various sizes, animal bones and fragments of Islamic glassware, as well as fragments of clay tobacco pipes, musket bullets and a flintlock mechanism from the Ottoman period. The finds were probably washed to the excavation area from the neighboring areas of the tell and the old city of Lod.

Gorzalczany A., Avissar M., Torgë H., ‘Ad U., Jakoel E. and Elisha Y. 2016. Lod, the Lod Mosaic. HA-ESI 128.
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