Visit to Safi – and on the way a visit to the very interesting site of Eshtaol

Today, I went down to Tell es-Safi/Gath to meet two architects who deal with landscape/restoration in regards to a proposal that we are preparing on Tell es-Safi/Gath and its environment. To start with, it was very nice to visit the site – I have not been there since the summer. Second, here is a nice view from the north towards the tell. Those of you who are familiar with the site – notice that the large plowed area to the north of the site – where in most years there were various agricultural growths.

View of safi from north 28_11_13








On my way down from Jerusalem to the tell, I stopped at site of Eshtaol, which has been reported extensively in the news in recent days (such as here, here and here). This is a fantastic site, with well-preserved architecture and finds from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic, Pottery Neolithic, Late Chalcolithic, and Early Bronze IB (=Erani C). Amir Golani and Benyamin Storchan, two of the directors of the excavations, were very kind to give me a thorough tour of the site, as it was about to be covered over (that very day!). As they said, I was probably the last archaeologist to ever see the site…


2 thoughts on “Visit to Safi – and on the way a visit to the very interesting site of Eshtaol

  1. Achish Melek Gat

    Wow! And I’ll never see it! Dang! On the other issue, Safi, did you visit F? How is the geotech on the balks holding out?


    1. arenmaeir

      Did not get up to F but from I saw close up in D and from afar in E, things are looking good so far – but this is before the rains…


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