Yesterday (March 10, 2019), Maria, Shira and I made a quick visit to Tell es-Safi/Gath, to see how it looks after the rains.
As you can see in the photos below – it looks quite cool. Totally green, with some very tall thorns in some areas (but for the most part, not in the excavation areas). Even though I’ve seen this often before, the view of the tell and its surroundings when it is totally green and overgrown is simply stunning.
Another nice thing is that the road leading to the tell is being paved all the way to the tell – which will make access much easier and quicker.
To our surprise and consternation, the project to develop the parking area started without being coordinated with us, and when we arrived at the site, were rather shocked to see a small “bobcat” tractor excavating a foundation trench for one of the walls of the new entrance area, right near Area D. Needless to say, we stopped them immediately and called the regional inspector of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Turns out, there was a lot of “lack of communication” (…) between the various involved parties, who for reason did not think it was urgent to have the archaeologist in charge of excavating the site involved…
So it was lucky that I had a sudden urge to look at the site, and hopefully, now, things will be better planned and coordinated (sheesh…)
And if already – don’t forget to sign up for the 2019 season!
Be there – or be square!!
Here are some pictures of the tell and the various areas: