As mentioned previously, Pascal from Skyview announced a competition to choose the best end-of-season group photo for the summer 2014 seasons of excavation.
Contenders included the pictures from: Safi, Burna, Ashdod Yam, Dor, Huqoq, Hazor, Khirbet Kur, Tel Erani and Kabri.
I’m happy to say that we have been informed that the Safi chalice won the competition!
Looks like that next year we will have to be VERY creative!!!
NEWSFLASH: See here BAR’s notice on the competition and our win!
P.S. I deny the reports that a bag with unmarked dollars was passed on to the judges!
In the immortal words of Fozzie Bear: “Wokka, Wokka, Wokka”!
Today, Gali Beiner, the conservator working on the ivory bowl from the 2013 season, was in the midst of cleaning the base of the bowl and noticed that there is a very nice geometric decoration on the base! This was quite a surprise, since even from a very close view before the cleaning – this could not be seen.
Here is a sneak view of the decoration:
Way to go Gali!
As I had hinted to a few weeks ago, a very interesting article, which the Safi team was involved in, has just appeared. In this study, based on aDNA analysis of pig bones from Bronze and Iron Age sites in the Land of Israel, we demonstrate that apparently, the non-local components of the Sea Peoples/Philistines brought with them European pigs when they arrived in the Levant.
Meaning – when these guys (and gals) arrived by boat – they brought with them live animals which then spread out in the Levant during the Iron Age. This is very nice evidence for some of the nitty gritty aspects of the actual migration of the non-local components of the Philistine culture!
The article details are:
M. Meiri, D. Huchon, G. Bar-Oz, E. Boaretto, L.K. Horwitz, A. M. Maeir, L. Sapir-Hen, G. Larson, S. Weiner & I. Finkelstein. 2013. Ancient DNA and Population Turnover in Southern Levantine Pigs- Signature of the Sea Peoples Migration? Scientific Reports 3: 3035 (DOI: 10.1038/srep03035).
Today, I received the official notification (which I’ve known about unofficially for a few weeks now), that I’ve been chosen to serve as a co-editor of the Israel Exploration Journal, the flagship journal of the Israel Exploration Society, and arguably the most important journal that deals with the archaeology of the Land of Israel and related issues.
I will be replacing Prof. Ami Mazar, and will join forces with veteran co-editor Prof. Shmuel Ahituv (BGU) and new co-editor Prof. Ze’ev Weiss (HU).
This should be very interesting – and a lot of work – but I’m very honored to step into the shoes of some impressive predecessors…
For Safi team members in previous years, you may recall one of the important canine team members – Nona – the lovable Lab that my family and I were so lucky to have for just 13 years. Sadly, on Friday she died.
Here are some pictures of her contributions to the excavations:
Shira Kisos, who is a core team member of the project, is writing her MA dissertation on the pot marks on EB pottery from the tell. As part of her dissertation, she will be examining these marks under an SEM. In preparation for that, here you can see her preparing silicon molds of some of the pot marks.
Shira will be traveling to N. America next month, both to participate in the ASOR meeting in Baltimore, but she also will be travelling to Manitoba, as part of the SSHRC grant for the study of the EB at Tell es-Safi/Gath. In Manitoba, in Haskel Greenfield’s lab in the University of Manitoba, she will jointly study the pot marks using an SEM.
If you may recall, we have used this silicon “gook” before in the field (see here).
Here are some pictures:
Since Jeff complained that he was not in the aerial photograph in which we drew a chalice (mentioned as well in the last post), Pascal, from Skyview, has made a new version of the picture with Jeff (aka Achish Melekh Gath) in it. As you can see – one can barely notice the difference between this and the original picture…
(thanks Pascal for humoring us…)
Skyview, the nice people that take our aerial photos at the end of the season, have put up the photos that will participate in this year’s competition for the best “arranged” photo of an excavation. As you may remember, we put together a decorated chalice – made out of the team members.
So in order for the Safi photo to be voted as the best, go the facebook page with our photo and “like” us!
Go Safi team! :-)
Give me a G – G; give me an A – A; give me a T – T; give me an H – H. What do you got – GATH!
Prof. Hanan Eshel, z”l, my good friend and colleague, sadly passed away a few years ago. Hanan’s widow, Prof. Esti Eshel, who is also a good friend and colleague, has donated a collection of Hanan’s books to the lab, to add to the steadily growing of books that we have in the lab library.
First of all – thanks to Esti!
Second – may this serve as yet another fond and cherished memory of Hanan – a very special, and very sorely missed person! תצרור נשמתו בצרור החיים!
Thanks to Amit who collected the books in Jerusalem and set them up in the lab.
Here is a picture of the book collection in Hanan’s memory in the lab: