The last few years has been a time of great abundance in the archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Levant, with appearance many new volumes of final reports on the important archaeological excavations. Just recently, I noted the appearance of the final report on the Tel Batash excavations, and many more have appeared as well (Lachish, Megiddo, Beth Shean, etc.). Last week, the first volume of the hopefully long line of volumes of the final report on the Joint American-Israeli excavations at Tel Miqne-Ekron, directed by Trude Dothan and Sy Gitin has appeared! This is a real reason to celebrate, since this excavation was one of the “flagship” excavations in the region during the 1980’s and 1990’s, with many finds of much importance.
The volume is entitled: M.W. Meehl, T. Dothan, and S. Gitin. 2007. Tel Miqne-Ekron Excavations 1995-1996. Field INE East Slope: Iron Age I (Early Philistine Period). Jerusalem. W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research and the Hebrew University.
Although I have not yet had a chance to take a look at it, I’m sure it will be of paramount importance for the study of the early Iron I in the Levant in general, and in Philistia in particular.
Mabruk to Mark, Trude, Sy and all the Miqne staff that worked preparing the volume! May there be many more …