Carl Andrews/Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon

Have tools, will travel. Essential archaeological tasks are accomplished by the most modest of tools, such as the trowel, pick brush and gooffah (in background) shown here. A gooffah, a basket made of reused tires, is used to haul earth. The trowel at left, known as a “Marshalltown,” after its manufacturer, is especially favored by excavators.