The team continued its survey of the casemate wall around Tell el-Umeiri.
A 0.5 by 0.5 meter survey grid around the suspected 'Citadel Building'
high atop the tell was completed. Data has not yet been processed as of
01 May 1997. Due to equipment difficulties in the field, it was not possible
to test the data processing techniques in the field. At Tell Jalul the
supposed Megiddo-like water facility atop the tell was investigated using
acoustic diffraction. The site is a 'Dixie cup-shaped' structure 60 meters
in diameter (average) and, unexcavated, a depth of 3 meters. Archaeologists
believe it to be a water facility now filled with wind-blown silt. Assuming
the Jalul facility is the same shape as the one excavated at Megiddo, it
should have a depth when (if?) excavated of over 30 meters. Preliminary
results show the actual depth to be a disappointing 18 meters which does
not take the level down to the ground level surrounding the tell. An image
based on this preliminary is shown below. One square is approximately 8
x 8 meters.
This view is seen as if one could fly over this site and look into the structure. You begin directly over the site, fly down until you are parallel with it, then fly around its horizon to return to the beginning.