Soon to appear article by Jon Ross et al. appears in ARC Facebook page!

A soon to appear article on pottery production technology at Tell es-Safi, which is about to appear in the forthcoming issue of Archaeological Review from Cambridge (ARC), was featured on the Facebook page of ARC.

The full title of the article is:

Ross, J., Fowler, K., Greenfield, H. J., and Maeir, A. M. 2020. The Chaîne Opératoire: Past, Present and Future. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 35/1.


Recording of Zoom lecture (in English) on the Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations

For those of you who missed my Zoom lecture (in English) on the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, you can find a recording of it here and below.

For other lectures on various topics (including on the Philistines, by me), go to the YouTube Channel of the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology.



Live concert of Scarlatti’s Oratoria – “Davidis pugna et victoria”

As if in perfect coordination with my lecture on the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath this evening (see here), tonight, about an hour after my lecture is over, at 20:00 (Israel time), the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra will present a live performance of Allesandro Scarlatti’s oratorio – “Davidis pugna et victoria” (The Battle and Victory of David,” based on the David and Goliath story)!

If you want to watch it live, right after my lecture, see here.

And if before you watch it, you want to know what this oratorio sounds like, check it out below:

Enjoy! (both my lecture, and the music…)

HT: Sheila Maeir

Upcoming Zoom Lecture on Tell es-Safi/Gath (in English) – Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

If you want to hear a Zoom lecture about the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath (Gath of the Philistines) where I will give a general overview of the site, the two decades of excavations, and some of our most interesting finds (including from the most recent seasons), you are invited to a lecture that will take place, tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, at 6 pm Israel time (UTC+02:00).

The title of the lecture will be: “Excavations at Tell es-Safi, Biblical Gath of the Philistines, home of Goliath”

To listen and view the lecture live, go to:

If you can’t listen to the lecture live, you will be able to watch it, at your own convenience, on the YouTube Channel of the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University.

Do note that yesterday, I gave an English Zoom lecture on the Philistines, which can be watched here.

If you want information on the other lectures in this series, see below:

Who were the Philistines? An English lecture!

For those of you who didn’t hear me live, I just gave a lecture, as part of an English series of Zoom lectures on various topics relating to the history and archaeology of the Land of Israel (see details below), on “Who were the Philistines?”

To watch the lecture, click on the YouTube link below. Enjoy!

My new appointment!

I’m honored to report that I have been appointed as the Minister of Philistines and Toilet Paper in Public Bathrooms in the newly formed Israeli government! (thanks to Nachliel Hacohen Selevan for facilitating this appointment!)

While these two fields of responsibility seem to be quite different, and for those who doubt my expertise in these two responsible and crucial aspects of public life, in one I have extensive professional experience, while in the other I have some 60 years of personal experience!

I humbly promise by fellow citizens that I will not rest until we wipe the Philistines clean!

If you had any doubts, please find attached my official certificate: