Shlomo Artzi and Tell es-Safi/Gath!

Shlomo Artzi, perhaps the most famous “popular” Israeli singer/composer, who writes a weekly column in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper’s weekend magazine section (always appears the page after the column by Yair Lapid), this last weekend gave Gath of the Philistines a nice mention! In a charming piece about keeping proportions about what is going on in Israel and in the world, he mentions the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath (obviously, he read the nice article in Haaretz a few weeks ago), mentioning the various finds that were discussed. He noted that just as today archaeologists find interesting remains of the Philistines who lived at Gath, in a thousand years, archaeologists will find remains of our contemporary society.

Now, while he is a nice guy and he writes nice music and has a nice column, clearly, nothing that he said about archaeology of the past and the future is really new. BUT – it is cool to see that he read about our work!

Now I have to see if I can get in touch with him and invite him to visit the site (or see the finds in the lab)!

Here’s a scan of the text that he wrote about us (in Hebrew; for those of you who don’t read Hebrew, it’s the section that starts in the middle of the right hand column and continues to the upper part of the middle column; also notice the drawing of an archaeologist from the future finding a TV…):