Two Safi publications about to appear

Well, they have not yet appeared “in the flesh”, but this apparently is going to happen very soon. Two studies deriving from the Tell es-Safi/Gath project are about to appear:

1)  Maeir, A. M. In press. Philistia Transforming: Fresh Evidence from Tell es-Sâfi/Gath on the Transformational Trajectory of the Philistine Culture. In The Philistines and Other “Sea Peoples” in Text and Archaeology, eds. A. Killebrew and G. Lehmann. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.

This paper has been in the “oven” for a long time. In fact, it was written close to 10 years ago and it was the first major summary of the excavations that had been prepared, but for various reasons the volume’s publication was delayed. Word is out that the volume will be published this November, so even though the article itself is more or less completely outdated, it’s nice to finally have this out. In general, this volume contains quite a few very interesting articles (based on a conference that was held on this topic in Israel about 12 years ago), and even though a long time has gone by, many of these papers are very important and will contribute to the field. (and thanks to the editors, Ann and Gunnar, for their hard work in getting this volume to press!)

2) Toffolo, M., Maeir, A. M., Chadwick, J. R., and Boaretto, E. In press. Characterization of Contexts for Radiocarbon Dating: Results from the Early Iron Age at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. Radiocarbon 54(3–4).

This paper described research (which was part of Michael Toffolo’s PhD dissertation which is in progress) that was conducted on the LB and early Iron levels in Area F at Tell es-Safi/Gath – attempting to define “micro-stratigraphic” contexts from which reliable 14C samples could be chosen, which could then be used for providing more robust dating for the LB/Iron transition. Very interesting!


5 thoughts on “Two Safi publications about to appear

  1. Achish Melek Gat

    Kol HaKavod on these two publications! And … yet a third is scheduled to come out this month:
    Chadwick, Jeffrey R. and Maeir, Aren M. (in press)
    “How Households Can Illuminate the Historical Record: The Judahite Houses at Gath of the Philistines” in New Perspectives on Household Archaeology, eds. Bradley J. Parker and Catherine P. Foster, Eisenbrauns (forthcoming in October 2012)


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