Today, we had a great field day at Tell es-Safi/Gath and its surroundings, working on an ongoing research project we are conducting on the environmental and agricultural surroundings of the tell, and other sites in the Shephelah, in modern and ancient times.
Liora Horwitz, Linda Whittaker, Oren Ackermann, Udi Weiss, Sue Frumin, and yours truly, each bringing expertise in relevant areas (fauna, flora, ecology, GIS, geomorphology, archaeology, etc.), spent the day on and around Tell es-Safi/Gath, and on and around Tel Miqne-Ekron, to “ground truth” some of the observations made from analyses of maps, aerial photos and other data sets.
To start with – it was a beautiful day! And even more importantly – we had a great time. And most importantly – we had some very important observations and discussions on the issues! When completed – this will be a VERY interesting (and I believe important) study.
In addition to the environmental archaeology, there was a lot of nice nature as well, including beautiful storks, short-toed eagles, sheep, and astounding greenery with colorful flowers.
Below are some pictures we took during the day.