Publish—or the finds will perish!

A short article that I wrote for Bible History Daily appeared recently, in which I explain why I’ve scaled down the excavations at Gath (no more big seasons!) in order to facilitate research and publication, and not leave the results to be published decades later (as often has happened with past excavations).

Instead of the famous “publish or perish” dictum, and I say “publish—or the finds will perish”.

Check it out!

For a more extensive discussion of this, see here my article in PEQ on this.

New article on EB household rituals and donkeys…

I’m glad to announce that an additional Safi-related article has just appeared, an additional result of the extremely productive joint research on the EB at Tell es-Safi/Gath, funded by a joint grant Canadian SSHRC to Haskel Greenfield and yours truly.

In this study, spearheaded by Haskel, the evidence of household rituals, and in particular, those related to donkeys and donkey burials (and we have now identified 8 burials altogether), are presented.

The full title is:

Greenfield, H. J., Ross, J., Greenfield, T. L., Albaz, S., Richardson, S., and Maeir, A. M. 2022. Household rituals and merchant caravanners: The phenomenon of Early Bronze Age donkey burials from Tell eṣ-Ṣâfi/Gath, Israel. Animals 12: 1931. (

More new publications: Summary on archaeology/history of Israel/Palestine and article in Spanish

So as to keep out of trouble (in between Ukraine, global warming, Monkeypox and Covid), I’m happy to announce the publication of two new papers.

This first paper is a short summary of the archaeology and cultural history of Israel/Palestine, from the Neolithic through Hellenistic Period, which just appeared in the Encyclopedia of Material Culture in the Biblical World: A New Biblisches Reallexikon. I believe this article will be particularly useful as an introduction to the topic, for students and lay persons.

The full title of the article is:

Maeir, A. M. 2022. Archaeology and Cultural History. Pp. XXIX-LIII in Encyclopedia of Material Culture in the Biblical World: A New Biblisches Reallexikon, eds. A. Berlejung, P. M. M. Daviau, J. Kamlah and G. Lehmann. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck.

The second paper is a popular summary, in Spanish, which deals primarily with the history and archaeology of the Kingdom of Judah, during the Iron Age of the Levant.

This paper is entitled:

Maeir, A. M. 2022. Judá y el final de los reinos israelitas. Desperta Ferro. Arqueologia e Historia 43: 34–41.

I’d be more than happy to send them to whoever is interested!


New articles!

Two articles, one on the Safi project and one more general, have just appeared:

1) Maeir, A. M. 2022. Keys to the Past? Archaeological Correlates of Social and Cultural Memory from the Ancient Levant. Pp. 218–32 in The Hunt for Ancient Israel: Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman, eds. C. Shafer-Elliott, J. Joachimsen, E. Ben Zvi and P. A. Viviano. Sheffield: Equinox.

This is a paper in which I discuss examples (from the LB, Iron Age and Hellenstic periods) in which cultural and social memory are manifested in material culture. The paper appears in a volume in honor of Diana Edelman, who was the team leader of the University of Sheffield team at the Safi excavations for several years.

2) Brown, A., Greenfield, H. J., and Maeir, A. M. 2021. Sweating the Small Stuff: Microdebris Analysis at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. Pp. 81–91 in Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia and Adjacent Areas XIII: Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Symposium, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, June 2017, eds. J. Daujat, A. Hadjikoumis and R. Berthon. Atlanta, GA: Lockwood Press.

This is a paper that is based on Annie Brown’s MA dissertation (who is a Safi project team member and a student of Haskel at Univ. of Manitoba), in which the finds from a program of analysis of microdebris from the EB levels in Area E at Tell es-Safi/Gath is discussed, with interesting results and methodological considerations.

Upcoming lecture on the excavations at Gath and the Philistines

If you are interested in the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, on the Philistines, Goliath and other related things, make sure to hear my lecture, this coming Sunday (June 19th, 2022), that I will be presenting for the Biblical Archaeology Society. For more details and registration, see here.

Hope to see you!


New article on Philistia, Phoenicia and Beyond in I. Sharon Fs.

See below a just-published article, from the Fs in honor of Ilan Sharon, which deals with the connections between Philistia, Phoenicia and beyond during the Iron Age.

The full title is: 

Maeir, A. M. 2022. Between Philistia, Phoenicia, and Beyond: A View from Tell es-Safi/Gath. Pp. 185–94 in Material, Method, and Meaning: Papers in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology in Honor of Ilan Sharon, eds. U. Davidovich,  Naama Yahalom-Mack, and Sveta Мatskevich. Ägypten und Altes Testament 110. Münster: Zaphon.