New article on the Notched Scapulae from Tell es-Safi/Gath

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!

Aren

4 thoughts on “New article on the Notched Scapulae from Tell es-Safi/Gath

  1. arenmaeir

    Thanks to Łukasz Niesiołowski-Spano’ for noticing that the BASOR issue was 347 (and not 247 as originally written in the post).

    Aren

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