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While there is much evidence for metallurgy in Iron Age Israel, a workshop had never been found until recently. A crucible was discovered at Tell es-Safi/Gath, a tenth century BC Philistine city in southern Israel, by the help of a new method in field archeology called microarcheology. This new approach uses instruments typically found in a laboratory onsite, giving archeologists a chance to restrategize their excavation based on up to date information. The use of special instruments, such as infrared spectrometers and X-ray fluorescence analyzers, allow archeologists to see deeper into the archeological record than is possible with the naked eye. More excavators are taking this approach because of the portability, preciseness and lowered prices of these instruments.

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