Aren and Jeff get honorable mention in article in BAR about the dating of “Hezekiah’s Tunnel”

A short article just appeared in BAR on the various suggestions for the dating of the so-called “Hezekiah’s Tunnel” in Jerusalem. Among the various opinions that are noted, Jeff Chadwick (Area D East Supervisor) and Aren are mentioned, as supporting the traditional, late 8th century dating, connecting it to the preparations by Hezekiah, for Sennacherib’s siege in 701 BCE.

Check it out!

HT Jeff Chadwick


South American group to Safi

Prof. Joaquín Mauricio Moya G. is the coordinator for Latin America for the 2020 season at Tell es-Safi/Gath. If you are from Latin America and wish to join Prof. Joaquín’s team this coming summer, please contact him based on the information below.

Please check out the Spanish version of the Safi website!

¡Espero verte este verano en las excavaciones!

Aren Maeir


Synagogue in the shape of a horned altar!

Today, in an article in the TOI, the wrote about a recently refound biblical text, from the Moussa Deri Synagogue in Cairo. What I didn’t know is that the synagogue itself was built in the form of a 4 horned altar!

So here’s a picture of the synagogue, and right below it, our 2 horned altar from Safi!

Now let’s find another altar at Safi this year! :-)

Now’s the time to sign up for the 2020 season!

Just a reminder that NOW is the time to sign up for the 2020 season at Tell es-Safi/Gath, which this year will be conducted from June 28th to July 24th. Join us in a fascinating, enjoyable and enriching experience, uncovering the remains of the Bronze and Iron Age remains of the various cultures and people who inhabited this fascinating site over the millennia (Philistines, Judahites, Canaanites, etc.).

Registration is open until May 1st, 2020. For the online registration and additional information, go here.

And remember! The 2020 and 2021 seasons will be the large seasons of large scale excavation at the site for the project. While research will continue (and perhaps limited excavations of very specific aspects), the coming and next seasons are your last opportunity to participate in this fascinating and groundbreaking project, which has been a leader and innovator in field archaeology in the last two decades. Don’t miss the chance to join our team – and participate in something that you will remember and cherish for years to come!

Now’s the time! Dig we must!