A new article of the Safi project has just appeared, discussing new insights on the production of olive oil in Philistia. On the one hand, we present evidence for substantial olive oil production during the 9th cent. BCE at Tell es-Safi/Gath, long before the accepted narrative for the beginning of extensive olive production (during the late 8th and 7th centuries BCE). Secondly, we discuss the new finds from Tel Beth Shemesh, which indicate that the Kingdom of Judah was involved in olive oil production in the Shephelah during the Iron IIC (7th century BCE), once again, contrary to long accepted opinions.
The article was written by Eric Welch, Maria Eniukhina (both longtime core team members of the Safi project) and me (Aren).
The full title of the article is:
Maeir, A. M., Welch, E. L., and Eniukhina, M. 2020 A Note on Olive Oil Production in Iron Age Philistia: Pressing the Consensus. Palestine Exploration Quarterly 152(4).
Check it out!
And why is this connected to Hannukah? Because of the olive oil…