New Tel Hebron report!

Congratulations to David Ben-Shlomo (who is the Safi petrographer) and Emanuel Eisenberg, on the publication of the new report on their excavations at Hebron, and the initiation of the new monograph series of the Institute of Archaeology of Ariel University!

The full title is:

Eisenberg, E., and Ben-Shlomo, D. 2017. The Tel Ḥevron 2014 Excavations. Final Report. Ariel University Institute of Archaeology Monograph Series, Number 1. Ariel: Ariel University Press.

Here’s a picture of the new volume:

New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and Its Region – Conference – 18-20 Oct., 2017

The schedule of the 11th annual conference “New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and Its Region” will be held at the Hebrew University on October 18th-20th, 2017.

There will be a lot of very interesting papers (and the 3rd day will be field trips) and I highly recommend it (the first day will be in English, the 2nd in Hebrew).

And, I’m also giving a paper (on the MB of Jerusalem)…

Check out the schedule below.


Abel Beth Maacha Workshop – April 26th, 2018 (at Hebrew University)

Please mark your calendars:

The Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times (RIAB)

A Workshop:

Five Seasons of Excavation at Tel Abel Beth Maacah: An Interim Assessment

The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Thursday, April 26, 2018



This workshop will present a summary of the stratigraphic and architectural contexts, as well as major material culture finds, uncovered during the course of five seasons of excavation. Focus will be on the Iron Age I and II, with highlights from the Middle and Late Bronze Age, as well as the Persian-early Hellenistic period, in order to better understand the occupation sequence.

Following this presentation, a discussion will take place on issues generated by the finds and the research questions that guide the project, particularly, how the archaeological data from Abel Beth Maacah illuminate cultural and historical developments in the Hula Valley, from the Late Bronze Age city state of Hazor to the Iron Age IIA territorial kingdoms of Israel and Aram-Damascus. A presentation of pottery and other finds from these periods will take place and serve as the basis for a chronological, contextual and cultural discussion.



15:00: Convening and refreshments

15:15-17:00: Presentation of the archaeological field and artefactual data

17:00-17:30: Break

17:30-19:00: Presentation of pottery and other finds and discussion


If you are interested in participating, please contact:


Joe Uziel and finds from the City of David!

Dr. Joe Uziel, long-time member of the Safi team, and currently directing the IAA excavations in the City of David, has gotten some really nice press coverage (see for example here and here) for some great finds of Iron Age bullae from the Iron Age II that were recently found in Jerusalem. Ortal Chalaf, who is co-directing the excavations, is also a former student at BIU – and participated as well in the Safi excavations.

Way to go Joe!

Shem Tov Sasson blogs about the dig!

Shem Tov Sasson, who is a promising undergraduate student in my department at BIU, and participated this year in the excavations at Safi (he served as an assistant area supervisor in Area J), has written two great blog posts about his impressions and experiences during the 2017 season at Tell es-Safi/Gath.

Check them out here and here (and in general, he has all kinds of interesting blog entries, on his studies at BIU, nature in Israel, etc.).

Way to go Shem Tov!

And here is a picture of Shem Tov holding the bronze bowl that he found this season!