Last night we had a great end of season party for the 2021 season at Tell es-Safi/Gath, the final summer season of the project! Team members from this season (including some members who had not been with us in the 4th week), as well as some team members from previous seasons (including Itzik, Joe, Owen, Debbie, Kristina and Liora) joined together for a great evening of friendship, which was topped by the great homemade pizza that Yehuda Mizrahi made! As usual, Yehuda came with all the greatest materials, and made us fresh pizza, of many varieties, in his portable pizza oven!
At the beginning of the evening, we had a very special and emotional event. Friends from Israel and abroad got together, face to face and on zoom, for a surprise presentation of a festschrift in honor of Jeff Chadwick, on the occasion of his 66th birthday! The volume, which hopefully will be out in November (in time for the ASOR meeting in Chicago where we plan to present it officially to Jeff), includes papers from friends and colleagues of Jeff from various stages of his career. Last night, we presented him a mockup of the volume, with all the articles that will appear in this great tribute to him.
The volume will be entitled:
Maeir, A. M. and Pierce, G. A. (eds.). 2021 (in press). “To Explore the Land of Canaan”: Studies in Biblical Archaeology in Honor of Jeffrey R. Chadwick. Archaeology of the Biblical Worlds. Berlin: de Gruyter.
Needless to say, this was a very moving event – and we completely surprised Jeff – he definitely didn’t see this coming!
After the presentation, I presented to the participants a short summary of this very successful season, gave out participation certificates to the team members, and spoke a little about future plans for the continuation of research on the site.
Great evening to end a great season to end the last summer season of the project!
Thanks to the team members of this season – and to all team members of the 25 years of summer season – since 1996!