Kudos to Anat Cohen-Weinberger, Nahshon Szanton and Joe Uziel for the very interesting article that they just published. This study is very relevant for the study of the interactions between Philistia, Judah and other regions in the Iron II (as well as periods before and after) and fits in very well with much of the research we are conducting at Safi.
And needless to say, a special call-out to Joe and Nahshon, who are old-time Safiites!
Cohen-Weinberger, A., Szanton, N., and Uziel, J. 2017. Ethnofabrics: Petrographic Analysis as a Tool for Illuminating Cultural Interactions and Trade Relatoins Between Judah and Philistia During the Iron II. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 377: 1–20.
Here is the abstract:
Recent excavations along the lower eastern slopes of Jerusalem yielded a number of sherds attributed to Late Philistine Decorated Ware. As this family of vessels is generally thought to derive from Philistia, petrographic analysis was conducted on the sherds, as well as on other vessels assumed to be locally made, which served as a control group. Late Philistine Decorated Ware sherds were found to belong to three distinct petrographic groups, two of which seem to originate in Philistia (i.e., the southern coastal plain and Judaean Shephelah), while a third group was found to be local to Jerusalem. The results also indicate that some vessels considered local to the area of Jerusalem were actually produced farther west. This article discusses the results of the petrographic analysis and the implications they have on understanding Judaeo-Philistine relations.