During the fall/winter of 2005/2006 conservation work was conducted on the city gate & the walls of the 4 chambers just inside the city gate. Orna Cohen, a conservator with vast experience at many other sites which include Hatzor & the Galilee boat at Kibbutz Ginosar, was in charge of the project. She was assisted by an experienced crew of Druze workman from the Golan Heights. Looking carefully at the 2 pictures below on the left & the pictures on the photo gallery notice that there are horizontal pieces of wood placed in the walls 4 - 5 feet up from the floor. The original wood from this iron age entrance (~3000 years ago) was burned to charcoal when the city was razed in 732 BCE & the upper floors collapsed onto the gate/chamber area. The large basalt stones above the burned wood were carefully removed by the workman, the areas cleaned & new pine wood was installed. The upper stones were then replaced as shown in the body of the pictures. The original wood was probably oak & was most likely placed in the walls to give the structure a little flexibility in the event of an earthquake. A new threshold, made of wood, was placed at the base of the city gate doors (not shown).
Orna also continued restoration during the winters of 2006/2007 & 2007/2008 on the eastern city wall adjacent to the iron age main city road. Her workman used boulders, rocks & dirt that had been removed the previous seasons from the main city road. See the pictures below & notice the upper areas of restoration.
Updated February 03, 2009
Link to all the pictures I took this season - CLICK HERE
Note : Interesting archaeology blog - http://archaeologydigs.blogspot.com/
Human interest - http://www.communitycorrespondent.com/kptm/, search for Judith Schwartz