Lecture Poster at the EGU 2016 in Vienna

Oren Ackermann, who is at the annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, has sent a picture of the poster that he put up, representing some of the joint archaeo-environmental research that is being conducted, as part of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project.

Oren has now sent a good jpg of the poster:


And here is Oren himself next to the poster – in situ:

Oren next to poster in Vienna

Great day for Safi at the Annual Archaeological Congress

The safi project had great representation at the Annual Archaeological Conference at TAU today. As mentioned previously, 4 papers relating to the project were presented: Sue et al. on EB paleobotany; Amit et al. on the excavations in Area E; Shira et al. on EB votive vessels; and Aren on a reassessment of the so-called Canaanite enclave in the Iron I Shephelah.

All the papers were well-received – even if not all agreed with mine… :-)

In general, the day was very successful, and I managed to hear quite a few really interesting papers on a broad range of issues.

Kol Hakavod to the organizers!


Abstract booklet of 42nd archaeological congress

As already mentioned, on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, the 42nd Archaeological Congress in Israel will take place at Tel Aviv University.

The Safi project will be represented by 4 lectures on various topics (papers given by Amit, Shira, Sue and yours truly – but representing a whole bunch of collaborators).

The booklet with the abstracts of the lectures (in Hebrew) has now been posted.

Check it out – and come to the meeting – there are many interesting talks and sessions!


Article on EB fortification of Tell es-Safi/Gath is out!

Although I have not yet received the official PDF, the newest issue of PEQ (148/1 [2016]) with an article on the EB fortifications at Tell es-Safi/Gath is out (or so at least the PEF website claims so).

The full title is: Shai, I., Chadwick, J. R., Welch, E., Katz, J., Greenfield, H., and Maeir, A. M.
2016 The Early Bronze Age Fortifications at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. Palestine Exploration Quarterly 148(1): 42–58.

I’ve posted a page-proof version of the article on Academia.edu – and as soon as the finished version is out – I’ll send it out as well.

In this paper, we discuss the fortifications of the site during the EB, based on the finds from different areas (E, F and P) and in comparison to what Bliss and Macalister reported from their earlier excavations.

Check it out!


Tell es-Safi/Gath I at great prices

Prof. Wolfgang Zwickel has kindly informed me that all available copies of the double volume “Tell es-Safi/Gath I” are now available at the great price of $30 plus shipping!

That is such a great price that if I was you, I would buy 2 copies for your own use, two for your local library, and at least one copy for each of your children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews! :-)

If you are interested in purchasing copies, please contact:


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zwickel

Seminar für Altes Testament und Biblische Archäologie

FB 01: Evangelische Theologie

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Saarstraße 21, 55099 Mainz, GERMANY,

e-mail: zwickel@uni-mainz.de