English version of Haaretz article on Philistine Invasion Biology

Today, the English version of the Haaretz article on the Invasion Biology perspective on the appearance of the Philistine culture has appeared (which are both based on our article on this topic in Scientific Reports).

The link above is to the pay-for-view version – I hope to post a fully accessible version ASAP.



Sue Frumin’s interview on Channel 10 about Philistine invasion biology

Sue Frumin was interviewed a few days ago on the popular program “London and Kirschenbaum” on Israel Channel 10 (in Hebrew), and she spoke about our study on an invasion biology perspective on the appearance of the Philistine culture.

Check it out here – Sue is interviewed from 35:05 onwards.

Way to go Sue!


Joe Uziel get’s press on his discoveries in the City of David

Joe Uziel, long-time team member and co-editor of the forthcoming Safi II volume, appears in a nice article about his discoveries in the IAA excavations which he runs (Nahshon Zanton, who is writing his MA on the Iron IIA pottery from Safi and co-directs the excavations is also mentioned). Specifically, the finds described are a very nice portion of the steps leading up to the Roman period temple in Jerusalem.

And here is the official English press announcement by the IAA

And here is a video clip (in Hebrew) with Nahshon explaining about this interesting feature.

Check it out!


Article in Haaretz on Philistine Invasion Biology

Today, the Hebrew version of Haaretz has an article (by the excellent Nir Hason), about the study which was published this week by members of the Safi team (Sue, Udi, Liora and yours truly; mentioned previously here) on the changes in plants and plant use (and the “invasion biology” implications of this) with the appearance of the Philistine culture in the Iron Age.

Here is a PDF of the article in Hebrew: Haaretz article on Philistine plants_Aug 2015


New Article on Philistine Invasion Biology

A very interesting new article has just appeared in the prestigious journal “Scientific Reports”. This study is an outcome of a FIRST/BIKURA grant that Udi Weiss, Liora Horwitz and myself received (from the ISF) a few years ago, and was spearheaded by Sue Frumin (as part of her PhD research). In the study it is demonstrated that with the appearance of the Philistine culture in Canaan, not only did new species of plants appear, species which originate in different parts of the eastern Mediterranean, but new modes of utilization of various plants species already existing in the Levant can be seen. This not only strengthens previous evidence of the multiple origins of the Philistine migrants, but also shows that the Philistine culture had new and different food patterns and agrarian traditions. In addition, it demonstrates the applicability of an “invasion biology” perspective in the study of bioarchaeological remains, and its implications for understanding past and present biodiversity.
The article is entitled:
Frumin, S., Maeir, A.M., Horwitz, L.K. and Weiss, E. 2015. Studying Ancient Anthropogenic Impacts on Current Floral Biodiversity in the Southern Levant as reflected by the Philistine Migration. Scientific Reports 5:13308 | DOI: 10.1038/srep13308
The online link to the article (which is open to all) can be found at: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep13308
Hope you find this interesting!