Some of the Safi team members who were at the ASOR meeting got together for supper tonight.
A new article, by me and Louise, on new perspectives on the Philistines, has just appeared in the Festschrift in honor of Israel Finkelstein.
The full title of the article is:
Maeir, A. M., and Hitchcock, L. A. 2017. Rethinking the Philistines: A 2017 Perspective. Pp. 249–67 in Rethinking Israel: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel in Honor of Israel Finkelstein, eds. O. Lipschits, Y. Gadot and M. J. Adams. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.
Here is a PDF of the article: Maeir-Hitchcock_Rethinking the Philistines_Finkelstein Fs_2017
[Permission from the Publisher for posting the PDF: Published in Rethinking Israel: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel in Honor of Israel Finkelstein, eds. O. Lipschits, Y. Gadot and M. J. Adams. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, copyright © 2017 by Eisenbrauns; placed here by permission of the publisher. T book may be purchased at: https://www.eisenbrauns.org/books/titles/978-1-57506-787-2.html%5D
Just came upon these photos – and they are a real blast from the past!
Two pictures of the team (mostly BIU students) from the 1997 season of excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath. The images are taken in Area A, after the first season that was just two weeks long. A lot has happened since then!
We’ve come a long way baby…
There will be a bunch of talks (and posters) given at the two meetings which are directly related to the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project.
See the list below – and if you can be there – it would be great to see you!
Thursday, Nov. 16th:
Session 2C Archaeology of Israel I, Harbor 3:
10:40 Aren Maeir (Bar-Ilan University), “The 2017 Season of Excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath” (20 min.)
Session 2J Houses and Households in the Near East: Archaeology and History I, Hancock:
11:25 Haskel Greenfield (University of Manitoba), Tina Greenfield (University of Saskatchewan), Elizabeth Arnold (Grand Valley State University), Aren Maeir (Bar-Ilan University), “A Bunch of Asses: Recent Asinine Discoveries from Early Bronze Tell es-Safi/Gath” (15 min.)
Session 2F Archaeology of the Ancient Near East: Bronze and Iron Ages II, Lewis:
11:45 Jeffrey Chadwick (Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center), “How to Build a Glacis: Construction Dynamics of the MB II Fortifications at Tell es-Safi/Gath” (15 min.)
Session 3B Archaeology and Biblical Studies I, Harbor 2:
3:25 Amit Dagan (Bar-Ilan University) and Aren Maeir (BarIlan University), “‘And the Gods of the Philistines’ (Judges 10:6): Understanding Philistine Cultic Practices in Light of Archaeological and Textual Evidence” (15 min.)
Friday, Nov. 16th
Session 8I Archaeology of the Southern Levant II, Webster:
4:45 Vanessa Workman (Bar-Ilan University) and Adi Eliyahu Behar (Bar-Ilan University), “Early Iron Workshops at Tel Megiddo and Tell es-Safi/Gath: Comparative Analysis of Working Debris and Paraphernalia” (20 min.)
5:10 Eric Welch (University of Kansas), “The Gats of Gath: Ninth Century Olive Oil Production in Area K at Tell es-Safi/Gath” (20 min.)
Posters (Galleria Exhibit Hall):
- “Morphometrics and Sheep Goat Breeds in the Early Bronze Age of Tell es-Safi/Gath” Tina Greenfield (University of Saskatchewan), Jane Sanford (University College London), Haskel Greenfield (University of Manitoba), Shira Albaz (Bar-Ilan University), and Aren Maeir (Bar-Ilan University)
- “Cult of the Philistines: Ethnographic Artistic Reconstruction of Ritual Space” Madaline Harris-Schober (University of Melbourne)
- “The Missing Link? Olive Oil Production in the Ninth Century B.C.E. at Tell es-Safi/Gath” Chloe Clouse (University of Kansas), Christina Olson (University of Kansas), and Eric Welch (University of Kansas)
- “If Stones Could Speak: The 2000 Year Old Square at Tell es-Safi/Gath” Florencia Fustinoni (University of British Columbia)
Sunday, Nov. 19th:
Session S19-227: Israelite Religion in Its West Asian Environment, Room: Back Bay C (Second Level) – Sheraton Boston Hotel (SB) (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM)
Aren Maeir, Bar-Ilan University, Panelist (30 min)
Francesca Stavrakopoulou, University of Exeter, Panelist (30 min)
Jeffrey Stackert, University of Chicago, Panelist (30 min)
Steven Weitzman, University of Pennsylvania, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (45 min)
Session S19-301: Animal Studies and the Bible, Tufts (Third Level) – Boston Marriott Copley Place
4:00: Haskel J. Greenfield, University of Manitoba, Jane Gaastra, University College London, Tina Greenfield, University of Saskatchewan and Aren F. Maeir, Bar-Ilan University: Early Bronze Age (‘Canaanite’) Urban Provisioning–A Zooarchaeological Perspective on Animal Exploitation Strategies (30 min)
Today, Amit, Adi, Vanessa and I were at the tell again for the last day of the mini-season that we started a couple of weeks ago, to try and finish up some of the work done in Area D. While we did not manage to complete as much as we hoped, and there is more to do during the 2018 summer season, some very interesting remains connected to the metal production workshop were uncovered. These remains (various remains of the iron and copper production) should provide important additional materials for the laboratory analyses that Adi and Vanessa are conducting.
See below some pictures taken today:
An unusual creature was found this season! We were not sure whether it was a “lasergator” or a “crocolaser”.
It has been sent for inter- and multi-disciplinary analyses… :-)
Check out this cool clip of a very unusual cloud rolling over the tell, early in the morning, during the 2017 season. Follow the dramatic narration (by your’s truly) and the amused crowd at the end (E. Welch)…