New in press article in Quaternary International online!

The article (mentioned previously here) by Oren Ackermann et al. on “Palaeoenvironment and anthropogenic activity in the southeastern Mediterranean since the mid-Holocene: The case of Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel” can now be found online in the “in press” page of Quaternary International.

This is a very interesting, collaborative study, which summarizes a nice portion of the long-term paleo-environmental studies that we have conducted around Tell es-Safi/Gath in the last 15 years or so, and lays the groundwork for several other studies that are currently in process or planning!

If you can’t access the article and want a copy – drop me an email.


40th archaeological conference in Haifa – new poster out

As already mentioned, on April 10th, 2014, the 40th Annual Archaeological Conference in Israel will be held at the University of Haifa. The program includes some very interesting lectures, including one by Shira Kisos, Itzik Shai, Haskel Greenfield and I on the EB game boards from Tell es-Safi/Gath.

A new poster/invitation for the congress with a detailed list of the lectures has just been sent out - הזמנה קונגרס ארכיאולוגי 40

Do note that the lectures will be in Hebrew – so if you are planning to fly in specially for this – make sure you understand Hebrew! :-)



Australians finding things…

As the news is full of reports that the Australian govt. may have found the remains of the Malaysian Airlines plane, I don’t want to put any pressure on anyone, but I assume that the standards that Australia has now set – for finding hard-to-locate objects – will continue to be implemented this summer at Tell es-Safi/Gath.

Last year the Aussies did not too bad (complete ivory bowl…), but I think we have to demand that the standards be raised… :-)

And if any of the other nationalities feel a need to show that not only Aussies can find things – don’t hesitate to prove yourself as well!


Some of the Safi “Old Timers” to celebrate with Shira Gur-Arieh

Last night, a bunch of the Safi “Old Timers” got together at a restaurant in Tel Aviv to celebrate with Shira Gur-Arieh on the occasion of the submission of her PhD and her new Post-Doc position at the Max Planck Center for Evolutionary Biology in Leipzig.

Great evening, not bad food, fantastic memories, good friends – what more could one ask for! And best of luck to Shira for her new and exciting position!


New in press Article in JAS on line

The following article, which is part of Shira Gur-Arieh’s PhD dissertation (which she has just submitted!) is in press at the Journal of Archaeological Science, and it now can be found online in its pre-press form.

Gur-Arieh, S., Shahack-Gross, R., Maeir, A.M., Lehmann, G., Hitchcock, L.A., Boaretto, E., In press. The Taphonomy and Preservation of Wood and Dung Ashes Found in Archaeological Cooking Installations: Case Studies from Iron Age Israel, Journal of Archaeological Science (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.03.011.

Check it out!


Very interesting conference on the Pentateuch this May in Jerusalem

A very interesting conference on the Pentateuch will be held in Jerusalem May 25-29, 2014, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From the very impressive list of speakers (see below), many of the most important voices in Pentateuchal studies will be there.

I definitely plan to attend as many sessions as possible!

Conference Program Pentateuch within Biblical Literature May 2014 Jerusalem

40th Annual Archaeological Conference in Israel – with a Safi lecture

The program and invitation for the 40th Annual Archaeological Conference in Israel, which will be held at the University of Haifa on Thursday, April 10th, 2014, has been sent out.

Looks like there will be a nice group of very interesting lectures, including a lecture on the EB game boards from Area E at Tell es-Safi/Gath, which will be presented by Shira Kisos, in the name of Itzik Shai, Haskel Greenfield and yours truly.

Click on the link to the right to see the program (which is in Hebrew) - תכנית 40

Should be an interesting meeting!


Lecture at University of Kansas – April 22nd

In April 22nd I’ll be lecturing on the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath at the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Kansas. Information on the lecture has now appeared on the their website (HT to Jim West – thanks).

Any of you who are in this neck of the woods on this date – you are invited!

As I already mentioned, following this, I’ll be giving a public lecture at the OI in Chicago.