New article on EB faience beads

And yet another article from the Safi team has appeared (so far, only online).

The study, spearheaded by Adi Eliyahu Behar, deals with chemical and physical analyses of faience beads from EB contexts at Tell es-Safi/Gath, and sheds light on the various materials and production processes that were in use.
The full title is:
Eliyahu-Behar, A., Elbaz, S., Shai, I., Maeir, A. M., and Greenfield, H. J. In press. Faience Beads from Early Bronze Age Contexts at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports.
Here is the abstract:
A total of thirty-eight beads, including one pendant securely dated to the Early Bronze Age III, were recently unearthed at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. The beads were subjected to analysis by FTIR spectrometry in order to identify the mineralogy and materials used for their making. Among the various materials identified, such as carnelian, steatite and shells, twenty-five were made of faience. The microstructure and chemical composition of two faience beads were analyzed by electron microscopy and are the focus of this short report. Results show that cementation glazing was most likely used for one, whereas efflorescence glazing was most probably used in the production of the other. These preliminary results shed light on the variability that existed in manufacturing procedures and choice of raw materials for the production of early vitreous materials during this period.


A link to a PDF of the paper can be found here.



New paper on environmental archaeology around Tell es-Safi/Gath

Just got back from Atlanta (SBL meeting) and found in my inbox the PDF of the just appeared article, spearheaded by Oren Ackermann, which deals with a case study from the surroundings of Tell es-Safi/Gath, demonstrating the potential of soil and sediment study for the reconstruction of environmental history.

The full title is:
Ackermann, O., Greenbaum, N., Osband, M., Almogi-Labin, A., Ayalon, A., Bar-Matthews, A., Boaretto, E., Bruins, H. J., Cabanes, D., Horwitz, L. K., Neumann, F. H., Porat, N., Schilman, B., Weiss, E., and Maeir, A. M. 2015. Chapter 19: Soil and Sediments as an Archive of Landscape History: The Case Study of Tell es-Safi/Gath, in the Eastern Mediterranean. Pp. 281–94 in Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics, eds. B. Lucke, R. Bäumler and M. Schmidt. Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten Band 42. Erlangen: Palm und Enke Verlag.
A link to the paper can be found here.

New paper on LiDAR at Tell es-Safi/Gath

A new paper has just appeared on the initial application of LiDAR technology for the documentation and analysis of a complex archaeological sites, at Tell es-Safi/Gath.

The article is entitled:

Greenfield, H. J., Wing, D., and Maeir, A. M. 2015. LiDAR Technology as an Analytical Tool at Tell es-Safi, Israel. Pp. 76–85 in Breaking Barriers: Proceedings of the 47th Annual Chacmool Conference, November 7–9, 2014, eds. R. Crook, K. Edwards and C. Hughes. Calgary: University of Calgary.

The full article can be found at this link




Call for papers on geoarchaeology of cultural landscapes

Oren Ackermann has asked me to post about a very interesting meeting which will take place in April 2016, in Vienna. See details below:

Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers and Posters for the EGU2016, 17-22 April, 2016 Vienna, Austria
For the session entitled:
Soil in Cultural Landscape -The Future is in the Past: Insights from the Cultural Soil Archive SSS3.5
Soil is an excellent archive that documents and records the environmental landscape history. Today, the anthropogenetic impact on the landscape is immense. Studying history through examination of the soil archive enables us to explore the long-term impact of ancient human activities. This enables us to build prediction models for a more sustainable future.
You are invited to submit abstracts to lecture on the subject described above. The lectures should present case studies and/or research that examine landscape history through the soil archive. We invite both field-based or modeling studies. Results and conclusions from these studies should allow for the construction of better landscape management models in the future. read more
(See attached flyer)
Abstract Submission Deadline
1st of December for early career scientists and scientists from developing countries
13th of January,13:00 CET, general submission
Looking forward seeing you in Vienna!

Safi exhibition at KU!!

Eric Welch of KU, long-term core staff member of the Safi team (currently co-director of Area F, and soon to become director of the new Area K) has informed me about an exhibition that Darra Stuart (twice member of the KU Safi team) and Eric himself prepared on the excavations at Safi.

Here is Eric’s description:

This weekend Darra and I set up a gallery at KU promoting our Safi work with Study Abroad and the Center for Undergraduate Research. We’ve taken some the best Safi images and had them framed and then arranged them chronologically with selections of pottery from KU’s teaching collection. Since Darra did a lot of work on the EB wall, we used yellow tape to reconstruct the dimensions of the EB wall across the gallery. We’ve already had great reactions to being able to see how massive the wall was!

People are already very excited about this. We’re hoping this will help us recruit a large team !

See below the pictures that Eric sent – very cool. And clearly, we expect an awesome KU team this summer!


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