BIU TEDx talk on Philistine food online

As previously mentioned, two months ago I gave a TEDx talk at BIU (in Hebrew) on how we can use the study of archaeological remains of food and eating habits among the Philistines to understand who the Philistines were and what were their relationship with neighboring cultures (such as the Israelites and Judahites), and how food in general can be used to help understand issues relating to the definition of cultural and ethnic identities in the past.

The lecture is now online – see below. Enjoy!


P.S. Notice at 9:05 in the clip, I tell a couple of ladies who were talking loudly in one of the last rows to be quiet! It worked… :-)

Poster at Annual Aegean Conference, in Ioannina, Greece

Today, Louise Hitchcock presented a poster that was jointly authored by Louise and myself, at the 16th Annual Aegean Conference (Hesperos), held at the University of Ioannina, Greece.

The full title of the poster is:

Hitchcock, L. A., and Maeir, A. M. 2016. Hesperos and Phosphoros: How Research on Aegean-Eastern Interactions Can Inform Studies of the West. Poster presented at Hesperos: The Aegean seen from the west. 16th Annual Aegean Conference, University of Ioannina, 18–21 May 2016.

Here is a link to the poster

And here is Louise standing in front of the poster at the conference:

Louise at Hesperos next to Poster may 2016


New paper on entangled Philistine cult at Tell es-Safi/Gath

A new paper of the Safi team has just appeared:

Hitchcock, L. A., Maeir, A. M., and Dagan, A. 2016. Entangling Aegean Ritual in Philistine Culture. Pp. 519–26 in Metaphysis: Ritual, Myth and Symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age, eds. E. Alram-Stern, F. Blakolmer, S. Deger-Jalkotzy, R. Laffineur and J. Weilhartner. Aegaeum 39. Liège: Universitë de Liège.

See here for a semi-final version of the paper.

Check it out – very interesting!


New article on the EB of Tell es-Safi/Gath

A new article summarizing some of our work on the EB at Tell es-Safi/Gath has appeared.

The title is:

Greenfield, H. J., Shai, I., and Maeir, A. M. 2016. Understanding Early Bronze Age Urban Patterns from the Perspective of Non-Elite Neighborhood: The Excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. Pp. 475–89 in Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on the Archaeolog of the Ancient Near East, 9–13 June 2014, Basel, Volume 3, eds. R. A. Stucky, O. Kaelin and H. P. Mathys. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

To see the paper – go here.


The Five Minute Archaeologist

Cynthia Shafer-Elliot, from William Jessup University, who was on the Safi team for quite a few years, has edited a very interesting volume called the “Five Minute Archaeologist” – in which basic terms and ideas central to archaeology are explained in a clear and succinct manner.

The volume is slated to appear in the early fall of 2016, but the volume’s TOC is already online. The contributors (including your’s truly) include many familiar names, some of the them of Safi team fame.

Looks like a great volume to have – check it out!