Update for March 6, 2008: Please note that based on the discussion in the comments, it turns out that this photo is not of Tell es-Safi/Gath, but of Tel Erani. This is a RATHER embarrasing mistake on my part …
Dr. Ferrell Jenkins (who has a great Biblical Studies site) has a great foto of the northeastern portion of Tell es-Safi/Gath posted on his blog, that was taken back in 1969 (looking SW).
Ferrell has given me permission to post it here as well.
Not only is the foto very nice, it is very interesting, since there are quite a few changes that can be seen on the tell since then. In particular, the intense 4X4 vehicle activity has taken a toll on the site, and a current view shows various parts that have been eroded away.
Here is a view of the northeastern part of the tell from a different angle (looking SW from the middle of the Elah Valley [note that this picture was recently sent to me by someone, and having a rather extended senior moment, I can’t remember by whom. If someone recognizes the foto as theirs, please tell me and I will give the proper credit])
The foto is a very nice illustration of the ongoing process of geogenic (natural) and anthropogenic (manmade) forces of erosion that have effected the tell and its surroundings over the ages, just as our study (O. Ackermann, H. Bruins, and yours truly) of the gradual filling of the siege trench has shown as well.
Ferrell — thanks!
P.S. If anyone has other “old” fotos of Tell es-Safi/Gath that he is willing to share with me, I would be most grateful!