Aerial photos at the end of the season – with a unique, unparalleled find!

This morning we were out on the tell early in the morning for the aerial photos. The nice people from Skyview came and as always, with the inflatable balloon and the remote control camera, took excellent aerial photos of the site.

This morning though, at the very beginning of the photo shoot, we had an astounding find. While it is well known that one of the nicest motifs on the early Iron I decorated Philistine pottery is the depictions of birds, most of these are small.

Here you can see an example of a typical bird decoration on a Philistine sherd:

Today though, we found the largest Philistine bird known to date – and perhaps the largest that will be EVER found!

And here it is:

(and you’ll notice that the bird swallowed my alive and I’m in its stomach…)

 

But seriously, we also took a lot of nice fotos of the tell and here are some of them:

This is a view of Area D (the lower city) and the Elah Valley river bed, looking west

Here is a view, looking SW, of Areas E, A and P, and in the background, the summit of the tell.

And this is a great shot, looking SW, of the summit (on the left) and Area F (on the right).

Woohoo!

Aren

9 thoughts on “Aerial photos at the end of the season – with a unique, unparalleled find!

  1. JOEL TOWLER

    WOW! WHAT A SEND-OFF! THE PHILISTINE SHERD IS BEAUTIFUL! ABOUT THE LARGEST PHILISTINE BIRD SWALLOWING YOU, AREN….ER….UH….YOU KNOW WHAT YOU EVENTUALLY BECOME IF THE BIRD DOESN’T SPIT YOU OUT!
    THANKS FOR THE EPIC JOURNEY AND THE PICTURES ALONG THE WAY!

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  2. First, Israel had the nude crowd Dead Sea photo. Then, Safi brought us the arak-swilling/professor eating Philistine bird picture. And people say art and archaeology make no contributions to mankind. Congratulations on a great season and thank you for a blog that keeps us well-informed as well as entertained.

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  3. Aren can you please explain to me this geological mystery? how come you are digging the mound for so many years now, and its getting higher and higher each time i climb it?

    As always, it was a pleasure to work with you guys.
    looking forward for the 2013 aerial pictures session.

    Pascal

    P.S. was the video of the dancing broom censured?

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  4. Wafa

    Hello! I was curious if you know who owns the photo’s in this blog post? I am with the Institute for Palestine Studies, in DC, and coincidentally this bird motif is our logo! We would love to be able to use your bird photo that you created as a group, and the photograph above it. Please let me know! Thank you :)

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    1. arenmaeir

      Wafa,
      Glad you like the photo of the bird. The group photo is the property of the “Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project” and you are more than welcome to use it – as long as you note the source. As to the photograph above it with the Philistine bird – that is from the Tel Miqne-Ekron webpage on the website of the Albright Institute in Jerusalem.
      All the best
      Aren

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