Updated bibliography on Tell es-Safi/Gath Project

Today, someone asked me for an updated bibliography on the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project, so, being a general nice guy, I quickly compiled one. Since it came out so nice, I thought readers of the blog might find it useful! As you can see, we’ve managed keep out of mischief and quite busy over the last decade or so!!

This is a good opportunity to thank the excellent, devoted staff, students and volunteers who have worked on the Safi project, for all the hard and dedicated work. In particular, I would like to thank the long-term “core-staff” who have been so instrumental in carrying out so much of the research listed below.

The list includes studies that have been published and/or those that are in press and should appear in the not-too-far future.

See the list below:

Here it is:

Ackermann, O. 2004. Man Landscape relationships in the Tell es-Safi/Gath area during the last 6000 years. Ph.D. diss., Bar-Ilan, Ramat Gan.

Ackermann, O., H. Bruins, and A. Maeir. 2004. Human impact on landscape evolution in the environs of Tell es-Safi/Gath (Judean Shephelah) during the last 3000 years. In Hebrew with English abstract. Judea and Samaria 13:417-28, XXIX-XXX.

——. 2005. A Unique Human-Made Trench at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel: Anthropogenic Impact and Landscape Response. Geoarchaeology 20(3):303-28.

——. 2005. Environmental and human interactions in the Elah Valley near Tell es-Safi/Gath (Israel): Alluvial history since Iron Age I. Manuscript.

Ackermann, O., A. Maeir, and H. Bruins. 2004. Unique human-made catenary changes and their effect on soil and vegetation in the semi-arid Mediterranean zone: A case study on Sarcopterium spinosum distribution near Tell es-Sâfi/Gath, Israel. Catena 57:309-30.

——. 2005. Evidence of the ancient landscape around archaeological sites – a “stage” for ancient human activity: A case study from Tell es-Safi/Gath. In Hebrew in Archaeology and environment: Conference proceedings, ed. O. Ackermann, A. Faust and A. Maeir, 309-30. Ramat-Gan: Bar-Ilan University.

Ackermann, O., A. Maeir, H. Bruins, and H. Zhevelev. 2005. Anthropogenic and natural changes of calcrete (“Nari”) cover in the Tell es-Safi/Gath area: The effect on Sarcopoterium spinosum distribution. In Hebrew with English abstract. Judea and Samaria Research and Studies 14:431-45.

Ackermann, O., et al. 2005. Landscape archaeology in a dry-stream valley near Tell es-Safi/Gath (Israel): Agricultural terraces and the origin of fill deposits. Environmental Archaeology 10(2):199-215.

Avissar, R. 2004. Reanalysis of Bliss and Macalister’s excavations at Tell es-Safi in 1899. Unpublished MA Thesis, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.

Avissar, R., J. Uziel, and A. Maeir. 2007. Tell es-Safi/Gath during the Persian Period. In A Time of Change: Judah and its Neighbors in the Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods, ed. Y. Levin, 65-115. London: T&T Clark International.

Ben-Shlomo, D., A. Maeir, and H. Mommsen. 2008. Neutron Activation and Petrographic Analysis of Selected Late Bronze and Iron Age Pottery from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science.

Ben-Shlomo, D., I. Shai, and A. Maeir. 2004. Late Philistine Decorated Ware (“Ashdod Ware”): Typology, Chronology and Production Centers. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 335 (August):1-35.

Ben-Shlomo, D., I. Shai, A. Zukerman, and A. Maeir. 2008. Cooking Identities: Aegean-Style and Philistine Cooking Jugs and Cultural Interaction in the Southern Levant during the Iron Age. American Journal of Archaeology.

Boas, A., and A. Maeir. 2008. The Crusader castle Blanche Garde and later remains at Tell es-Safi in light of recent discoveries. Crusades.

——. 1998. The renewed excavations at Tell e-Safi/Gath. In Hebrew in The Judaean Shephelah – Man, Nature and Landscape: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies, May 19th, 1998, ed. O. Ackermann, 31-37. Ramat-Gan: Bar Ilan University.

Boas, A., A. Maeir, and T. Schneider. 1998. Tel Zafit. In Hebrew. Hadashot Archaeologiot 108:156.

Gadot, Y., and J. Uziel. 2007. The Late Bronze Age Local Pottery from Area E, Stratum E4. In Tell es-Safi/Gath I: Report on the 1996-2005 Seasons, ed. A. Maeir. Ägypten und Alten Testament. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Horwitz, L., et al. 2006. Working Bones: A Unique Iron Age IIA Bone Workshop from Tell es-Safi/Gath. Near Eastern Archaeology 66(3-4):169-73.

Maeir, A., and A. Boas. 1999. Tel Zafit – 1997. In Hebrew and English. Hadashot Archaeologiot 110:88, 68*.

Maeir, A., et al. In press. Macro- and Microscopic Aspects of Bone Tool Manufacture and Technology in the Levantine Iron Age:  A 9th Century BCE Workshop from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. In Techniques and people, ed. S. Rosen and V. Roux. Memoires et Travaux de CRFJ. Jerusalem: Le Centre de recherche français de Jerusalem.

Maeir, A. 2000. Tel Zafit – 1998. Hadashot Archeologiot 112: 122-22, 97*-98*.

——. 2001. The Philistine culture in transformation: A current perspective based on the results of the first seasons of excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath. In Hebrew in Settlement, civilization and culture: Proceedings of the conference in memory of David Alon, ed. A. Maeir and E. Baruch, 111-29. Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University.

——. 2001. Safi (Tel es-); Safit (Tell). In Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land, ed. A. Negev, S. Gibson, 445. London: Continuum.

——. 2003. A Late Bronze Age, Syrian-style figurine from Tell es-Sâfi/Gath. In Shlomo; Studies in Epigraphy, Iconography, History and Archaeology in Honor of Shlomo Moussaieff, ed. R. Deutsch, 197-206. Tel Aviv-Jaffa: Archaeological Center.

——. 2003. Notes and News: Tell es-Safi. Israel Exploration Journal 53(3):237-46.

——. 2004. The Historical Background and Dating of Amos VI 2: An Archaeological Perspective from Tell es-Safi/Gath. Vetus Testamentum 54(3):319-34.

——. 2005. Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project. Jahrbuch des Deutschen Evangelischen Instituts für Altertumswissenschaft des Heiligen Landes 9/10:185-86.

——. 2006. A Philistine ‘Head Cup’ (Rhyton) from Tell es-Safi/Gath. In “I Will Speak the Riddles of Ancient Times”: Archaeological and Historical Studies in Honor of Amihai Mazar on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday, ed. A. Maeir and P. de Miroschedji, 335-45. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

——. 2006. A Seated Figurine from Tell es-Safi/Gath: A Philistine Image of El? In Fs Shalom Paul, V. Horowitz, et al. Eisenbrauns.

——. 2007. Ten years of excavations at biblical Gat Plishtim. In Hebrew. Qadmoniot 40(133):15-24.

——. 2007. A new interpretation of the term `opalim (עפלים) in light of recent archaeological finds from Philistia. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 32(1), September: 23-40.

——. 2008. Archaeology in Israel: Tell es-Safi. American Journal of Archaeology.

——. 2008. Canaanites and Philistines: Recent Excavations at Tell es-Sâfi/Gath, Israel (1996-2001). In Proceedings of the 3rd ICAANE Conference, Paris, May 2002, ed. J.-C. Margueron, P. de Miroschedji, and J. Thalmann. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.

——. 2008. Fragments of Stone Reliefs from Bliss and Macalister’s Excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath. In Hebrew with English Abstract. Eretz Israel 28.

——. 2008. Hazael, Birhadad, and the hrz. In Festschrift Lawrence E. Stager, ed. D. Schloen. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

——. 2008. Philistia transforming: Fresh evidence from Tell es-Sâfi /Gath on the transformational trajectory of the Philistine culture. In The Philistines and other Sea Peoples, ed. A. Killebrew, G. Lehmann, and M. Artzy. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.

——. 2008. Tell es-Safi. In Supplement to the New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.

——. 2008. Tell es-Safi/Gath I: Report on the 1996-2005 Seasons. Ägypten und Alten Testament. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Maeir, A., O. Ackermann, and H. Bruins. 2006. The ecological consequences of a siege:  A marginal note on Deuteronomy 20: 19-20. In Confronting the past: Archaeological and historical essays on Ancient Israel in honor of W.G. Dever, ed. S. Gitin, J. Wright, and J. Dessel, 239-43. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

Maeir, A., and A. Boas. 1998. Archaeology in Israel: Tell e-Safi. American Journal of Archaeology 102:785-86.

Maeir, A., and C. Ehrlich. 2000. Tel Zafit – 1999. Hadashot Archeologiot 112:121-22, 96*-97*.

Maeir, A., and C. Ehrlich. 2001. Excavating Philistine Gath: Have We Found Goliath’s Hometown? Biblical Archaeology Review 27(6):22-31.

Maeir, A., M. Martin, and S. Wimmer. 2005. An incised Hieratic inscription from Tell es-Safi, Israel. Egypt and the Levant 14:125-34.

Maeir, A., and I. Shai. 2005. Iron Age IIA Chalices from Tell es-Safi/Gath. In Timelines. Studies in Honour of Manfred Bietak, Vol. II, ed. E. Czerny, et al. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 149, 357-66. Leuven: Peeters.

——. 2008. An Iron Age IIA Phoenician-Style (?) Fluted Ceramic Bowl from Tell es-Safi/Gath: A Ceramic Imitation of a Metal Prototype. Journal of the Serbian Archaeological Society.

Maeir, A., and J. Uziel. 2007. A Tale of Two Tells: A Comparative Perspective on Tel Miqne-Ekron and Tell es-Sâfi/Gath in Light of Recent Archaeological Research. In Up to the Gates of Ekron”: Essays on the Archaeology and History of the Eastern Mediterranean in Honor of Seymour Gitin, ed. S. Crawford, et al., 29-42. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.

Maeir, A., S. Wimmer, A. Zukerman, and A. Demsky. 2008. An Iron Age I/IIA archaic alphabetic inscription from Tell es-Safi/Gath: Paleography, dating, and historical-cultural significance.

Shai, I. 2000. Philistia and the Judean Shephelah between the Campaign of Shishaq and the First Assyrian Campaigns to the Land of Israel: An archaeological and historical review. Unpublished master’s thesis. Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University.

——. 2005. The Philistine material culture during the Iron Age IIA: The pottery assemblage from Area A at Tell es-Safi as a case study. PhD Dissertation, In Hebrew with English Summary. Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University.

Shai, I., D. Ben-Shlomo, and A. Maeir. 2008. The Philistine material culture in process: The Late Philistine Decorated Ware (“Ashdod Ware”) as a case study of cultural transformation. In The Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Berlin, March-April, 2004, ed. H. Kuehne. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

Shai, I., and A. Maeir. 2003. The Pre-LMLK Jars: A New Class of Iron Age IIA Storage Jars. Tel Aviv 30:108-23.

——. 2008. The Iron Age IIA pottery assemblage at Tell es-Safi/Gath. In The Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Berlin, March-April, 2004, ed. H. Kühne. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

——. 2008. The Iron Age IIA Pottery Assemblage from Stratum A3. In Tell es-Safi/Gath I: Report on the 1996-2005 Seasons, ed. A. Maeir. Ägypten und Alten Testament. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Shai, I., J. Uziel, and A. Maeir. 2008. The Architecture and Stratigraphy of Area E: Strata E1-E5. In Tell es-Safi/Gath I: Report on the 1996-2005 Seasons, ed. A. Maeir. Ägypten und Alten Testament. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Uziel, J. 2003. The Tell es-Safi archaeological survey. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University.

Uziel, J., and A. Maeir. 2005. Scratching the Surface at Gath: Implications of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Surface Survey. Tel Aviv 32(1):50-75.

Wimmer, S., and A. Maeir. 2007. The Prince of Safit: A Late Bronze Age Hieratic Inscription from Tell es-Sâfi/Gath. Zeitschrift Des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 123(1):37-48.

Zukerman, A. 2008. Iron Age I and Early Iron Age IIA Pottery. In Tell es-Safi/Gath I: Report on the 1996-2005 Seasons, ed. A. Maeir. Ägypten und Alten Testament. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Zukerman, A., and A. Maeir. 2008. The Stratigraphy and Architecture of Area A (Strata A5-A1). In Tell es-Safi/Gath I: Report on the 1996-2005 Seasons, ed. A. Maeir. Ägypten und Alten Testament. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Zukerman, A., and I. Shai. In press. “The Royal City of the Philistines” in the “Azekah Inscription” and the History of Gath in the Eighth Century BCE. Ugarit-Forschungen.

Zukerman, A. H., L.K., J. Lev-Tov, and A. Maeir. 2007. A bone of contention? Iron Age IIA notched scapulae from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 347:57-81.