Great meeting on the Arameans!

As noted previously, Esti Eshel, Yigal Levin and myself went to Leipzig to participate in a great workshop on the Arameans (“Wandering Arameans: Arameans outside Syria – Textual and Archaeological Perspective”) which was held at the University of Leipzig, organized by Prof. Angelika Berlejung and Prof. Andreas Schuele.

The meeting was very interesting and we heard a series of papers, yesterday and today, on a wide range of issues relating to the Armaeans and their culture, from the early Iron Age until the Roman Period, and from Mesopotamia in the east to Egypt in the west.

The meeting was both very informative and interesting – and also we had a great time with all the participants.

We do hope that this connection, between Bar-Ilan University and the University of Leipzig will continue.

This afternoon, I have a paper in which I discussed whether evidence for Arameans can be identified at various sites in the Southern Levant Iron Age. In addition to discussing the Aramean siege at Gath, I discussed find from sites as Rehov, Dan, Hazor, Kinrot and Deir Alla. Bottom line – much harder to actually be sure if one can ID Arameans and Aramean remains than is often assumed…

As an additional plus to the meeting – Shira Gur Arie, former Safi staff member, who is doing her Post-Doc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, came to the meeting and then joined us for supper!

Definitely – a very nice few days!

Party for the dig renaming!

Today in the lab we had a very nice party to celebrate and mark the naming of the dig as the “Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Gath”.

Avery nice group of the Safi team – both regular “labbers” and others (including Jeff Chadwick who came for a visit!), along with Prof. Miri Faust, the BIU Rector, Dr. Meirav Galili, the director of BIU Global Resource Development, and Ms. Vera Muravitz, Chairman of the International Friends of BIU, and Prof. Boaz Zissu, dept. chair, all came to celebrate and raise in a toast in honor of the event, and talk about the important contribution that the Ackerman Family’s donation will provide – enabling close to two dozen students from all over the world to participate in the uncovering of the past of the Land of Israel – and to foster cutting edge archaeological research.

It was particularly nice to be able to get together with such nice people – friends and colleagues!

Here are some nice pictures that Maria took:

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More info on the Aramaean Workshop in Leipzig, next week

As I already mentioned, next week I will participate in an interesting workshop on the Aramaeans, which will be held at the University of Leipzig.

Here is the updated poster and schedule of the meeting:

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Looks like this will be a VERY interesting meeting! Hope it’s not too cold in Leipzig…

Aren

Safi at the Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest, San Diego, Nov. 2014

The schedule for the 17th Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest of the Biblical Archaeology Society, held each year in parallel to the ASOR and SBL meetings (which this year are in San Diego), is now online (see here).

I’ll be there as well – and will be giving a talk entitled: “From the Iron Age to the Iron Dome: News from the 2014 Season at Tell es-Safi/Gath”, on Sunday morning, the 24th of November.

Hope to see you all in San Diego!

Aren