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…

Aren

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