Good news – grant renewal from INSTAP

The Safi project has won another grant (in fact a grant renewal) from INSTAP. The grant jointly submitted by Louise Hitchcock, Linda Meiberg and I, will help in the funding of our study of the early Iron Age levels in Area A – and in particular, the study of the one, apparently complete, early Iron I building so far exposed on site.

Congratulations go as well to Louise for receiving a grant (with her colleagues) for survey work in Laconia, Greece.


Scientific American podcast on the Philistines and Tell es-Safi/Gath

As mentioned previously, a few months ago I was interviewed at the tell by Kevin Begos, for a Scientific American podcast.

In the podcast, I talk about our current understanding of the Philistines, based primarily on our finds from Tell es-Safi/Gath.

The podcast has now been put online – here is the link.

Check it out – I think it came out very nice.


In honor of the Chinese New Year – Year of the Monkey

In honor of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Monkey – which will be celebrated tomorrow, Feb. 8th, 2016, I thought that a monkey from Philistia is definitely called for.

So, although we don’t have a monkey from the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, there is one (well, actually, a baboon, but close enough…), from adjacent Tel Miqne-Ekron, Stratum IV (late Iron I/early Iron IIA – just about 3000 years ago).

Happy new year!

Ekron IV Baboon