The publication of the first in the series of final reports on our excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath is moving ahead, and while I had hoped it would have already appeared awhile ago, I believe we have crossed several important thresholds on our way to it appearance.
Today, I received files in which you can see what the covers of the two volumes will look like when published.
This is really exciting, and now, hopefully in the near future, we will solve the other issues that still have to be taken care of before the publishers can actually start printing the actual volumes. All told, the two volumes will have ca. 1000 pages of text, plans and various illustrations, and 30 chapters dealing with a wide range of topics relating to the excavations.
This is VERY exciting news and a lot of hard work by many members of the Safi team went into this!!!!
When finally published, in addition to making an extraordinary contribution to archaeology (:-), it will be able to serve as: a) a projectile weapon (if thrown at someone the overall weight will be deadly); b) as a shield (few known projectiles can pierce such thick objects); c) to place on a chair so that young kids can sit on them and manage to reach the dinner table…