Jon Ross, who has been on the Safi for a few years now, and is doing his PhD at the Univ. of Manitoba under the supervision of Haskel Greenfield, is now a mega star! Jon is highlighted in the “Gradzette” – the University of Manitoba’s Graduate Student Magazine!
Jon’s press agents are already lining him up for an in-depth interview with “Meet the Press”.. :-)
Seriously now, Jon very nicely discusses what his research is about – on the technology and social function of the EB pottery from Tell es-Safi/Gath.
Way to go Jon!!!
The 2nd day of the meeting in Vienna was very interesting as well, and quite a few of the papers presented very interesting new finds, analyses and discussions on a wide range of issues. Particularly important were talks (such as by K. Kristiansen, R. Jung and others) who discussed wide ranging aspects relating to the Sea Peoples phenomenon, as seen in regions usually dealt with by those thinking of the Levantine manifestations of the Sea Peoples.
The papers that were presented will be published in a proceedings volume – and this should be very interesting!
Once again – thanks to Peter Fischer for organizing this meeting!
Today was the first day of the 2 day workshop on the Sea Peoples in Vienna. We heard some very nice papers and a wide range of issues, which generated some very interesting discussions. Without a doubt, there is a lot of interesting work going on nowadays on issues relating to the Sea Peoples and Philistines! It was also nice to see friends – and meet new ones as well!
Today, the first online registration for the 2015 season was completed! Yeah!
And now, all of you boys and girls out there who want to join our team this coming summer – hurry up and sign up as well.
And don’t forget – students should apply for the Ackerman Fellows!
As mentioned previously, next week I will be going to Vienna to participate in a workshop on the Sea Peoples and Philistines, organized by Prof. Peter Fischer under the auspices of the European Science Foundation and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Peter has been kind enough to send out the abstracts of the talks that will be presented at this meeting – and clearly – this will be a truly fascinating workshop. Hopefully, a publication will result from this as well – and I believe this will be a major contribution to the study of the Late Bronze/Iron Age transition in general, and the study of the Philistines and Sea Peoples specifically!
Here are the abstracts: Vienna Sea Peoples meeting Nov 2014 Abstracts
I am definitely looking forward to the meeting!
And here are two more pictures (courtesy of Vera) of Vera Muravitz, myself, Dr. Merav Galili, Prof. Miri Faust, and Dr. Amit Dagan unveiling the new symbol of the excavations!
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 gave 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!