Talk on Philistine cult and burial with emphasis on Safi

Today, I participated in the 15th Annual Joint Conference of the IAA Southern District and the Dept. of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near East of BGU, which dealt with various issues relating to cult and burial.

I have a paper on cult and burial at Philistine Gath, discussing various finds at Tell es-Safi/Gath and what they say about the Philistine culture in general.

Most of the papers presented in the conference were published in the proceedings that were available at the meeting, which, in addition to my paper (which was published in Hebrew, as the paper that was presented), also included an important paper by Gunnar Lehmann and colleagues (this was in English), on the Iron I/IIA “200 Cemetery” at Tell el-Farah (South), which is also an important cemetery in Iron Age Philistia, with, among other finds, several cremation burials.

The titles of these two papers are:

Maeir, A. M. 2019 Burial and Worship in Tel Tzafit/Gath in the Early Iron Age: Evidence for the Diverse Sources of the Philistine Culture (In Hebrew). Pp. 99–112 in Worship and Burial in the Shfela and Negev Regions Throughout the Ages. Proceedings of the 15th Annual Southern Conference, eds. D. Varga, Y. Abadi-Reiss, G. Lehmann and D. Vainstub. Beersheba: Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion University. (see here for PDF)

Lehmann, G., Golding-Meir, R., Sparks, R. T., and Neumeier-Potashnik, B.
2019 Tell el-Far’ah (South) Cemetery 200 Revisited. Pp. 4*-18* in Worship and Burial in the Shfela and Negev Regions Throughout the Ages. Proceedings of the 15th Annual Southern Conference, eds. D. Varga, Y. Abadi-Reiss, G. Lehmann and D. Vainstub. Beersheba: Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion University.

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