In honor of the Chinese New Year – Year of the Monkey

In honor of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Monkey – which will be celebrated tomorrow, Feb. 8th, 2016, I thought that a monkey from Philistia is definitely called for.

So, although we don’t have a monkey from the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, there is one (well, actually, a baboon, but close enough…), from adjacent Tel Miqne-Ekron, Stratum IV (late Iron I/early Iron IIA – just about 3000 years ago).

Happy new year!

Ekron IV Baboon