Just after the article in Nature (that was mentioned here last week) appeared, in which the ERC “Early Israel” project directed by Israel Finkelstein and Steve Weiner was mentioned, another article, this time in the prestigious journal Science, also briefly discussed this project.
First of all – congrats to Israel and Steve for having their project mentioned in this prestigious forum!
Secondly, as in the previous article, our work at Tell es-Safi/Gath is mentioned as well, since as you all know, a major component of this very archaeological science work is being carried out at Tell es-Safi/Gath.
Unfortunately (is this a conspiracy? :-)), once again, the dig does not get the proper credit! As you can see, the picture that is attached to the article of an excavation with scientific equipment is actually at Tell es-Safi/Gath (and not at Megiddo as noted).
Also, in the text, there is something about the analysis of the ash from the Hazael destruction that raises questions whether the destruction is related to Hazael. Actually, there is no doubt that this is related to Hazael, but it does make our understanding of the process of destruction, and subsequent abandonment, of the site more intricate.
In any case, though, the mention of the site in Science is good. But just goes to show – even reports in what are considered by many to be two of the most prestigious journals in the scientific world are not always completely accurate. Now that’s a lesson for you boys and girls… :-)