Thanks to Charlie Draper’s heads-up (who is a 2011 Safi team member), I would like to point out the great picture that appears on the cover of the new, “Dig Issue” of Biblical Archaeology Review – a great picture of Mike Ellingsen, long-time team member and square supervisor in Area F, and doctoral candidate at Trinity International University! And not to mention – Mike is giving the stone altar a very friendly hug! :-)
In addition, inside the dig issue, as a sidebar to the listings of the upcoming digs this summer (including, of course, the July 1-27 excavations at Safi), there is a piece that I wrote about the excavation and significance of the new altar that we found, along with two very nice fotos (including a picture of Merav Levmore, assistant supervisor in Area D, next to the altar during the excavations).
All in all, that is what I call – GREAT PR FOR THE DIG!!!