The Dark Age Illuminated ?

27 Jul 2010 July 26th ... reports on Canadian excavations at Tell Tayinat in SE Anatolia (previously mentioned on In the News). This story is all about a temple uncovered on the tell which has yielded lots of artifacts and a distinct layering suggesting continuous occupation over a long period of time. The oldest occupation is dated to the 12th and 11th centuries BC - it doesn't elaborate on why this is so, and the project has now reached the late 8th and early 7th centuries BC (again, no reason why is given). A tablet unearthed last years has been dated to 672BC, but again, its provenance is not given. We shall have to wait for a report to be published.