An interesting set of finds from this summer’s excavation is a set of five amulets/figurines discovered in Area T. The five figures depicted are of Egyptian dieties. Found in a Late Iron Age I/early Iron Age II context, it can be connected to the appearance (or reappearance) of Egyptian finds at nearby Ekron at the same time (St. IV). Most likely, this is to be related to the “reentering” of Philistia into the eastern Mediterranean “World System” in the late 11th and early 10th centuries. This is seen as well with the beginning of the appearance of Cypriote, Phoenician and Greek pottery in this region. The dieties are (from left to right) Ptah, Sekhmet, Hathor, Sekhmet, and Isis and Horus. Needless to say, finding of these little pretty things can bring the toughest guys to lay down and meditate!!!