Eric H. Cline

THE MOTHER LODE. Brandeis University volunteer Jordan Roth uses a handpick to remove soil near a massive storage vessel, one of 40 preserved Canaanite jars uncovered in the 2013 season. The site was apparently peaceably abandoned by the 16th century B.C.E. Brandeis University archaeochemist Andrew Koh will use finds from the storeroom for organic residue analysis, which will be used to help understand the palace’s tax and trade economy.