Moshe Weinberg, Michal Roche-Ben Ami and Israel Finkelstein

Collar-rim storage jars lean neatly against a wall at Shiloh. Their round bases are still inserted in the dirt floor. The large vessels are propped up by an Iron Age wall in Area C. Not wanting to disturb the impressive vessels in their final resting place, a volunteer carefully brushes off the surface soil. The distinctive collar-shaped rim is clearly visible in the fourth storage jar from the front. The large stone slabs, foreground, are part of the floor of a probable storage room. The black, burnt soil behind the flagstones evidences the destruction of Shiloh by the Philistines in the mid-11th century B.C.