How long and how wide was the tell of Makor in the book The Source and chapter “The Tell”?

The Tell Makor site in The Source appears to be 200 yards long and 130 yards wide. According to John Cullinane, it’s the size of two ordinary football fields.

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The Tell Makor site in James A. Michener’s novel about Israel appears to be 200 yards long by 130 yards wide. According to John Cullinane, the leader of the dig, it’s the size of “two ordinary football fields.”

Cullinane admits that the size doesn’t seem very impressive. “Doesn’t sound...

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The Tell Makor site in James A. Michener’s novel about Israel appears to be 200 yards long by 130 yards wide. According to John Cullinane, the leader of the dig, it’s the size of “two ordinary football fields.”

Cullinane admits that the size doesn’t seem very impressive. “Doesn’t sound like much,” he says. Yet Cullinane emphasizes the importance of context. One has to look at it from the point of view of a person. When a person is standing over the Tell with just a shovel—“a teaspoon” in the words of Cullinane—then it’s quite large.

When the dig begins, Cullinane is unsure about the location he’s selected. He’s having doubts. “God help me to pick the right spot,” he prays. Yet Cullinane’s confidence is restored when he spots something sticking out of the ground. What he finds, as you might remember, isn’t the most overtly amazing artifact in the world — it’s a tiny piece of lead or perhaps a bullet. It’s so infinitesimal that Cullinane considers discarding it. Then he thinks otherwise. He announces that they’ve had their first find at the Tell. He cleans it with his spit and fills out the applicable card.

Again, it appears as if Cullinane has found the right spot. The measurements and description, as your question already notes, are provided in the first chapter, which is called “The Tell.”

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