The coring campaign took place on 6th and 7th July 2020 in the Hula valley in Northern Israel where the palaeo lake Hula was located as part of the GEOLAKE project (MSCA-IF-2019, EU agreement number 891230). We used a CobraTT percussion core drilling system which allows the collection of undisturbed heterogeneous sediment in 1-m long PVC tubes.
Two long sedimentary cores (11-13.5 m long) have been extracted from the ancient lake that was artificially drained in the 50’s. Sedimentological, geochemical and biological analyses will be performed on these cores at ICTA-UAB and GEO3BCN-CSIC laboratories in Barcelona. The coring campaign will help to develop an innovative multi-proxy approach to address outstanding questions for estimates the cumulative impacts of human activities and climate changes on past landscapes. This objective will be achieved by analysing the environmental data in concert with archaeological data originating in the excavations of the sites located on the lake Hula shores and catchment (Tel Dan, Tel Abel Beth Maacah, Tel Na’ama, Tel Anafa, Beisamoun, Ein Mallaha/Eynan).
This fieldwork has been realised with the technical and friendly support of the Hatter laboratory and the Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa.
6th and 7th July 2020