New article on Tell es-Safi/Gath during the Persian Period

Dr. Yigal Levin (who served as the director of the academic programs during the summer excavation season at Tell es-Safi/Gath) showed me today that the new volume which he edited (A Time of Change: Judah and Its Neighbors in the Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods, ed. Y. Levin. London: T&T Clark International.) has just appeared.

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The Early Bronze Age III at Tell es-Safi/Gath

One of the interesting finds of the last few seasons is the Early Bronze Age levels at Tell es-Safi/Gath. These levels, which have been uncovered in Area E (directed by Dr. Itzik Shai), on the eastern ridge of the tell, just below Area A, have opened up a very nice window on this very important phase in the history of the site.

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The Middle Bronze Age II fortifications at Tell es-Safi and their possible implications

In the excavations in Area F (just to the NW of the summit of the tell), during the 2006 and 2007 seasons we had some very interesting finds. Amoung them are the remains dating to the Middle Bronze Age II (ca. 2000-1500 BCE), which were found in the western part of Area F, in “Lower Area F” (The overall director of Area F was J. Chadwick and the supervisors of the actual work in lower F were E. Levine and Y. Baruchi).

aerial-view-of-f-with-mbii-wall.jpg (click to see picture)

Components of what seems to be a very impressive section of an MB II fortification were found, including a ca. 12 m section of a well-built stone wall over 2 m thick to which a glacis of earthen layers is attached.

This find has several interesting implications:

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Safi shirts (and hats) are going like hotcakes …

Now that international orders are coming in for dig shirts and hats, and the orders are being filled and sent out (our dedicated staff is working around the clock), don’t complain when these unique, collector items run out and are unavailable on the market.

Thus, this is the opportunity to order your own! Be the first on your block (yes, even if it is your prison block …) to have a shirt and hat.

For details on the shirts and hats, and how to order them, see:

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movie teaser with Safi views

Chris (aka Eric) Welch, has pointed out a short clip/preview of a forthcoming movie dealing with Bible and archaeology. The crew was on site for a day during the season and some brief can be seen. Take a look – all I did was talk a little – I am not responsible for other things …


P.S. This imposter, Steve, is following me all around nowadays … :-)