As I mentioned previously, this Thursday (April 30th, 2015), there will be a “Young Scholars’ Conference” of the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at BIU, at which graduate and doctoral students will briefly present on various aspects of their research.
From the Safi team, Shira will be talking about the research on the faience beads from the EB layers, and Nahshon will be talking about his work on Iron IIA pottery from Safi. In addition, there will be quite a few interesting papers on other topics. Note – all will be in Hebrew.
Here is a link to the program – looks like this will be a very interesting day meeting. I’m the session chair for the first session, so I get there from the very beginning… :-)
A new article in which I discuss the use of micro-archaeological methods and analyses at Tell es-Safi/Gath, and how this can be used to understand more about the Philistine household during the Iron Age has just appeared.
It appeared as part of a very interesting volume on various approaches to household archaeology (note – the entire volume can be downloaded for free here).
The article is:
Maeir, A. M. 2015. Micro-Archaeological Perspectives on the Philistine Household Throughout the Iron Age and Their Implications. Pp. 307–19 in Household Studies in Complex Societies. (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches, ed. M. Muller. Oriental Institute Series 10. Chicago: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.
Check it out!
Since Eric told us what’s in his bag, I thought you might want to know what is in mine: check it out here on the ASOR blog.
As mentioned yesterday, today, a group of us (Steve, Amit, Yotam, Shira, Erin, Maria, Jeff, Dina and yours truly) went to the tell for a “mini-season” to do some sampling and check for potential places to carry out 14C dating of the LB/Iron I transition. We worked in Areas A and F, and actually do seem to have found a couple of places which may serve us during the coming season for possibly finding good sequences of 14C dates for this transition. The reason why we are so interested in this is that we now have two sets of dates (one published and one about to be published) which indicate that this transition (and in particular the earliest appearance of early Philistine pottery), at Tell es-Safi/Gath, may have already commenced in the late 13th cent. BCE – somewhat earlier than seen at most sites.
See here some pictures of the work in Area A, and fragments of a very nice Philistine Bichrome “stirrup jar” (if you look closely you can see a bird decoration!) – which I found sticking out of a freshly washed-away section of the cliff just below Area F – where we often find interesting “goodies”.
In addition, we could not get over the thorns that have grown all over the tell. They are like a jungle – with some of the more than 7 feet high, making some parts of the tell, simply inaccessible! In all the twenty years of work on the site, I don’t remember any year in which the overgrowth, and especially of these really nasty thorns, was so high!
Tomorrow, Monday, April 20th, a small team will be going out to the field for a one day season at the tell. We will be looking for good samples for 14C dating which we hope to find in various locations in Area A and F. In particular, we are looking for samples from some specific contexts representing the transition between the Late Bronze and Iron Ages.
Should be interesting – I’ll update on this tomorrow.