National Geographic : 1982 Dec
NLIKELY COLLEAGUES worked together at the site.A local Bedouin, Hamad (left), located the first coffin excavated by the author.Catchingon to the excitement and painstakingcare of scientific work, he became an invaluable foreman, guardian,and adviser. One of three guards assigned to protect the team last summer, an Israelisoldier helps carrytools (right). A military escort accompaniedDr. Dothanon herfirst survey in 1968. Unrestin the Gaza Strip made work impossibleuntil 1972. The 1973 Yom Kippur War interruptedexcavation, not fully resumed until 1977. Last summer's efforts ended at the Amarna level (above). Furtherwork will provide clearerknowledge of Deir el Balah's ancientinhabitants.