Middle Bronze Age “Red, White and Blue Ware” from Tell es-Safi/Gath

The Middle Bronze Age (MB; ca. 1950-1550) is a very interesting period in general, one that at an earlier stage of my career I had dealt with extensively (see here).

At Tell es-Safi/Gath, there is evidence of the MB, but only in the upper city. Apparently, during this period (and in particular the MB IIB), the upper part of the tell was fortified (resuing the EB fortifications in this part of the tell).

While this period is not mentioned often in the blog, we do have some great finds from this period. In fact, Maria just took a great picture of a very special type of pottery from the MB – the so-called “Red, White and Blue Ware” (RWB ware). This pottery is typical mainly of southern Canaan, but here and there does appear in the north as well. It is particularly common in the mid/late MB, and usually is earlier than another iconic pottery group of the late MB and early LB – the “Chocolate on White Ware” (for a discussion of this group, see here).

Here is the very nice picture that Maria took of several beautiful RWB ware sherds that were found in Area F (excavated under the supervision of Jeff Chadwick):

re: New paper on pirates in the Mediterranean in the LB/Iron Age

A new paper, by Louise Hitchcock and Aren Maeir, on pirates and piracy in the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean, the most recent in a series of papers on this topic.

The full title is:
Hitchcock, L. A., and Maeir, A. M. 2018. Pirates of the Crete-Aegean: Migration, Mobility, and Post-Palatial Realities at the End of the Bronze Age. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of Cretan Studies, Heraklion, 21–25 September 2016. Heraklion: Cretan Historical Society.

Here’s the link

Aargh! Enjoy!

Dates for the 2019 season: June 23-July 19

For all past, present and future Safiites: We now have the dates for the 2019 season – June 23rd to July 19th.

We will, once again, be staying the Zafit Regional School in Kfar Menahem.

I hope that the online registration for next year will be up and running sometime in September.

See you next summer!

Aren