Hi! A new article, part of the ongoing research of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project team has just appeared! (yeah!!)
The article is:
Alexander Zukerman; Liora Kolska-Horwitz; Justin Lev-Tov; Aren M Maeir. 2007.
A Bone of Contention? Iron Age IIA Notched Scapulae from Tell es-Sâfi/Gath, Israel. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 347: 57-81.
The study deals with the notched scapulae (shoulder bones -usuall bovine) that were found in the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, a comparison to the finds from other sites, and a new suggested interpretation.
These scapulae are quite common at Philistine/Sea Peoples sites in the early Iron Age, and but were rarely reported from later Philistine contexts. At Safi, they appear in a late Iron IIA context (stratum A3 – the “Hazael destruction”) – later than at other sites.
In the article we review the evidence from Safi and other sites, discuss the significance and function and suggest a new interpretation (related to weaving).
Read it and enjoy!