Visit to BIU Rector’s office

Today, me and some of the Safi lab team visited the office of Prof. Miriam Faust, Rector of BIU, to explain to Prof. Faust and the staff of the rectorate, about the display case with finds from the Tell es-Safi/Gath excavations, that we recently put in her office.

Here’s a picture of the team in the rector’s office, with the display case with the Safi finds in the background.

Lecture by Prof. Thomas Schneider on Moses, 28/1/20 (BIU)

The RIAB Minerva Center will host a guest lecture by Prof. Thomas Schneider (University of British Columbia; SUSTech University) entitled:

“Moses the Egyptian? Reconsidering the Egyptian Background of the Name and the Figure of Moses”

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, at 16:00, in the faculty meeting room (Room 311), 3rd floor, the Jewish Studies Faculty Building (Building 410), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.

Light refreshments will be served before the lecture.

Field trip to Safi and Shephela sites

Today, I led a great field trip of the first year introduction to Bronze and Iron Age Archaeology of the Dept. of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, at BIU, to various sites in the Shephelah. This includes Khirbet Qeiyafa, Tel Azekah in the morning, and then we finished off with a 3 hour tour of Tell es-Safi/Gath.

The weather was great and the visibility very impressive – and we had a great time. Here are a couple of pictures from Tell es-Safi/Gath!

YU Philistine conference

As previously mentioned, today the excellent one day conference on the Philistines was held at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York. The day was filled with 9 great papers on various aspects relating to the Philistines, with a strong emphasis on the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath. For those of you who missed it, the whole day was filmed, and a proceedings will be published. Thanks so much to Jill Katz (YU), long term Safi core staff member, for initiating and organizing the conference.

Here are some pictures from the day: