Cool study on Byzantine period wine growing in the Negev published in PNAS!

Udi Weiss (Safi archaeobotanist), Daniel Fuks (BIU archaeology PhD student) and colleagues, just published a super interesting article in PNAS, on the short lived wine production industry in the Byzantine Negev.

Check it out – a very interesting study, including coverage in numerous media outlets (such as: here, here, here and here).

Way to go Udi and Daniel!

Printing a LMLK handle!

Today, Noam and Yaniv printed a small scale model of a LMLK handle with the new 3D printer!

See below a clip of the printer in action, and photos of the handle right after printing was finished (and you can see the stamp if you look closely) and the handle being washed in a pottery bucket (to take off the extra plastic used by the printer in the process of “building” the object)!

This is totally cool!


Visit to Tel Hadid excavations

Today I had the opportunity to visit the excavations at Tel Hadid, directed by Dr. Ido Koch of Tel Aviv University. This is the 2nd season of excavations at this very complex and multi-period site, and they already have some very interesting finds (mainly from the late Iron Age, Hellenistic and Byzantine periods so far).

This excavation is one of the few excavations in the field this summer, along with the Tell Abu Shusha (directed by Avner Ecker of BIU) and Tel Azekah (directed by Oded Lipschits and Yuval Gadot of TAU) excavations that start in a few weeks.

Here’s two photos of the visit (with visitors wearing masks and keeping social distance), courtesy of Debi Cassuto, with Ido (right foreground) explaining about the site:

First of video of a series of video interviews on the Philistines with Nick Barksdale

See below the first video interview on a series of 12 videos on the Philistines that I did with Nick Barksdale (thanks Nick!), who has this super interesting YouTube channel on various historical topics (“The Study of Antiquity and the Middle Ages“).

In the first video, I talk about the origins of the Philistines, and how our understanding of this topic has changed in the last few decades. I’ll be sure to post when additional ones in this series appear!

Check it out!