The first of a series of two different types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that will be put into regular use in the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project has arrived.
While in the past we have regularly used UAVs for aerial photography, as of the coming season, we will have our own UAVs for our use! This will include a DJI Mavic Pro for regular and 3D photography and a DJI M600 for airborne LIDAR and multispectral scanning.
So far, the Mavic Pro has arrived, and last week, a bunch of us (Maria, Shira, Vanessa and Aren), went out to the drone field, to start learning how to use these great instruments.
I see a lot of interesting data for analytic purposes – and a lot of fun! :-)
Here’s some pictures from our training session:
Prof. Zohar Amar, a colleague in the Dept. of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University, has put online a very nice website “Antiquities of Nature and Realia in Israel” – that deals with a broad range of aspects relating to the realia of nature, agriculture, medicine, technology and other aspects in antiquity and contemporary modern cultures, with particular emphasis on how this is reflected in ancient Jewish sources (from the Bible until modern Jewish rabbinical sources).
The website is in Hebrew and English – so check it out. Has a lot of very interesting materials!
For those of you will are or will be in Melbourne on Monday, May 21st, Louise Hitchcock will be presenting a lecture “Worlds in Disarray: Prehistory and the Present”.
This lecture examines the relationship between social and technological acceleration, class conflict, natural disaster, and systems collapse in the ancient Mediterranean and in modern western society through an examination of globalization, populism and piracy.
Here is a flyer about the lecture: Louise_Worlds in Disarray Flyer
Kudos and congratulations to Dr. Eric Welch, long time senior staff member of the Safi team, and director of Area K, for his new position as Senior Lecturer, in the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky.
The good news is now that Eric has moved from Kansas to Kentucky, we can still keep the “K” in Area K! :-)
Way to go Eric!
Here’s a great picture of Eric (on the right, with the baseball hat) in Area K, with Prof. Amnon Albeck, vice rector of BIU (on the left).
Louise has been kind enough to write the following:
Safi staff and alumni gave the following papers this past week at MNEME: Past and Memory in the Aegean Bronze Age, the 17th International Aegean Conference, Venice, 17-21 April 2018. The proceedings will be published by Peeters Press in the prestigious Aegaeum series.
Here are the various papers that were presented:
Brent DAVIS, Emilia BANOU, Louise HITCHCOCK & Anne CHAPIN, Curation in the Bronze Age Aegean: Objects as Material Memories
Louise HITCHCOCK, Aren MAEIR, and Madaline HARRIS-SCHOBER, Tomorrow Never Dies: Post-Palatial Memories of the Aegean Late Bronze Age in the Mediterranean
Caroline TULLY & Sam CROOKS The Self Possessed: Framing Identity in Late Minoan Glyptic
Jacob E. HEYWOOD & Brent DAVIS Funerary Iconography and the Stimulation of Memory
Way to go team!