Save Ancient Studies Alliance

The “Save Ancient Studies Alliance” (SASA) is a voluntary organization that is dedicated to preserve (and hopefully expand) ancient studies of all kinds in academic institutions worldwide. I recently became a “SASA ambassador” to help them advocate their mission.

Check this out – and if you can – support them!

Upcoming lecture on the excavations at Gath and the Philistines

If you are interested in the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, on the Philistines, Goliath and other related things, make sure to hear my lecture, this coming Sunday (June 19th, 2022), that I will be presenting for the Biblical Archaeology Society. For more details and registration, see here.

Hope to see you!


New article on Philistia, Phoenicia and Beyond in I. Sharon Fs.

See below a just-published article, from the Fs in honor of Ilan Sharon, which deals with the connections between Philistia, Phoenicia and beyond during the Iron Age.

The full title is: 

Maeir, A. M. 2022. Between Philistia, Phoenicia, and Beyond: A View from Tell es-Safi/Gath. Pp. 185–94 in Material, Method, and Meaning: Papers in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology in Honor of Ilan Sharon, eds. U. Davidovich,  Naama Yahalom-Mack, and Sveta Мatskevich. Ägypten und Altes Testament 110. Münster: Zaphon.



Sampling at the tell with Dan, Mark, and Johanna

Today and tomorrow, we’re out at Safi, to do some sampling for phytoliths and Carbon 14 samples from various areas on the tell. Dan Cabanes (Rutgers), his student Mark, and Johanna Regev (WIS), joined me on the site.

See some pictures from the work today. Notice how the site has turned yellow, as the spring is over and the summer has started. Notice also the corn field just to the north of the tell (“the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye”…).

We’ll be back on site tomorrow.

The “Philistine Symbol-Scape” in Florence

Today, I will be giving a paper “The ‘Symbol-Scape’ of the Philistines: A Reassessment” at the “International Conference on the Archaeology of Symbols” (ICAS 1), which is currently being held in Florence.

In this paper, I’ll reassess some of aspects relating to the Philistine culture and its various symbols and icons, and as I’ve been doing with other things relating to the Philistines, conduct a little “deconstruction” here or there…

Should be fun!