Aerial of fortifications and other things in lower city!

Here’s an aerial of a portion of the lower city, with the section of the fortifications and possible city gate. Among other things, you can see the more than 30 meters of the city wall which has been traced on surface, and various other structures, features, etc. Notice, in addition, all kinds of interesting features that can be seen in the photo just below surface not far from the fortifications, within the city.

general view of D fortifications

So much for claims that the lower city was not fortified; and so much for the claims that Gath in the Iron IIA was not a central city state in the central Shephelah…

The fun has just begun!! :-)

P.S. Sometimes, the best way to express one’s feelings is through a good haka:

Aerial group photo – the Gate of Gath!

Early this morning, we did the aerial photos, using the very sophisticated UAV operated by Griffin co.

Here’s the annual aerial group team photo (click on it to enlarge) – with a reconstruction of what the gate of Gath may have looked like – and perhaps in the future will be reconstructed accordingly. Notice the “X”s on both sides of the gateway (see I Sam 21:13…). I’m standing in the gate…

NOTE: notice the two Philistines soldiers guarding the gate – behind the stone fence above the gate!


Gate at Gath

Congratulation to Udi Weiss and collaborators on new study on origins of domestication!

Udi Weiss (who leads the archaeobotanical team at Safi) and collaborators have published a new exciting article in PLOS One on the earliest evidence of wheat domestication at the site of Ohalo II on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Way to go!

Heads up: Udi, along with Sue Frumin, Liora Horwitz and yours truly will soon announce another very interesting study to appear in the near future (hopefully in a week of so) in another important journal…