It seems that the finds from Tell es-Safi/Gath are getting around!
In addition to finds that are exhibited in the renewed galleries of the Israel Museum (mentioned previously here), the recently re-opened Corrine Maman Museum of Philistia and the Philistines in Ashdod (part of the Ashdod Museum of Art), includes a large selection of finds from Tell es-Safi/Gath (as well as other sites in Philistia). Although, unfortunately (due to being abroad), I was not at the official opening and have not yet seen the Ashdod exhibit, I’ve been told that it is VERY nice. As soon as I get a chance to visit the museum – I’ll post something about it.
And now, an additional exhibit is about to be opened – this time in the entrance floor of the Central Library at Bar-Ilan University. As you can see in the flyer below (in Hebrew), the exhibition, entitled “The Rise and Fall of Philistine Gath (Tel Zafit), will officially open on Oct. 22, 2013, and in addition to introductory talks by the President and Rector of BIU (and the chairman of BIU exhibitions), I’ll give a short talk about the exhibit. The exhibit will focus on various aspects of the Philistine culture as seen at Tell es-Safi/Gath, and the downfall of the Philistine site (by Hazael of Aram) and the subsequent brief, Judahite stage. A nice selection of finds from the excavations will be included in the exhibit. While I don’t yet know the length of time that the exhibit will be in place, they usually are around for a few months. So – you are all invited to join us at the opening – and/or visit the exhibit (after Oct. 22).
Be there or be square!