Upcoming Conference at TAU: Administrative and Cultic Aspects of Centralization in Ancient Israel: Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives, Dec. 18–19, 2017

A very interesting conference will be held at TAU, on Dec. 18-19, 2017.

The conference – “Administrative and Cultic Aspects of Centralization in Ancient Israel: Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives”, will deal with various issues relating to cult centralization in Israel and surrounding cultures during the Iron Age and Persian Period.

I will be giving a paper on perspectives from Philistia on these issues.

See here for the full program:

Conference Program Administrative and Cultic Aspects of Centralization in Ancient Israel

Hope to see you there!


Congratulations to Prof. Louise Hitchcock!

As it is now official, I would like to extend my wishes of congratulations to Louise Hitchcock, long time senior staff member of the Safi project, who has been appointed Full Professor of (Aegean) Archaeology in the Classics and Archaeology Program at the University of Melbourne!

Way to go Louise! Well-deserved! We are proud, and fortunate, to have you on the Safi team!!

Here’s a picture of Louise in her natural surroundings :-)


New article on the “Pig Debate”

A new article, presenting some new thoughts and directions on the question of the consumption, or lack thereof, of pigs in Iron Age Philistia, Israel and beyond, and what is the cultural and ecological significance of this, has just been published by Liora Horwitz, Armelle Gardeisen, Louise Hitchcock and Aren Maeir has just appeared. See here a link to a PDF.

The full title is:

Horwitz, L. K., Gardeisen, A., Maeir, A. M., and Hitchcock, L. A. 2017. A Brief Contribution to the Iron Age Philistine Pig Debate. Pp. 93–116 in The Wide Lens in Archaeology: Honoring Brian Hesse’s Contributions to Anthropological Archaeology, eds. J. Lev-Tov, P. Wapnish and A. Gilbert. Archaeobiology 2. Atlanta: Lockwood Press.


Safi and related posters at the ASOR meeting (2)

Here is the 2nd batch of Safi (and Safi-related) posters (see here for the 1st batch) from the ASOR meeting in Boston last week (Nov. 2017):

  1. “If the Stones could Speak: 1500 Years in a Single Square at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel”, by Flor Fustiano et al.
  2. “I’m Not Your Type: A 9th century link in the typology of Iron Age olive oil production from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel”, by Chloe Clouse, et al.
  3. “Examples of Egyptian Iconography in Late Bronze Age Canaan”, by Amanda Buessecker (not Safi research, but by a Safi team member).

Here are the posters:

Flor Safi ASOR 2017 poster

Welch et al 2017 ASOR Poster

Amanda Poster ASOR 2017


Who says there isn’t a pot of gold at the of the rainbow?

Just to prove that there is a treasure at the end of the rainbow, here is a picture that Dr. Iossi Bordowicz (former Safi core team staff member; currently director of heritage at the INPA) took today – in which you see Tell es-Safi/Gath at the end of rainbow! Definitely – a worthwhile and proven treasure!

For those interested, the view is taken from the NW, and you can see the white chalk cliffs of the tell on the lower left, Area F and the summit of tell slightly to the left of the center of the picture.

Check it out!

And thanks to Iossi!