Chris Hale gets an Albright Fellowship (and also a job!)

Chris Hale, who was on the Safi team last year and will be working on the LB/Iron I pottery from Area A at Tell es-Safi/Gath, has received a very fellowship for this research from the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR).

Chris has been awarded the Glassman Holland Research Fellowship (research topic: “The Late Bronze Age to Iron I Pottery from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Area A”).

In addition, Chris recently passed around the news that he just received a position as an Assistant Professor in the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities at O.P. Jindal Global University just outside of New Delhi.

Way to go Chris!!


Nahshon Szanton in a clip about the excavations in the City of David

Nahshon Szanton, who was on the Safi team and wrote his MA thesis on the Iron IIA pottery from Area A (mentioned previously here), now works for the Israel Antiquities Authority and is directing excavations (along with Joe Uziel – another Safi team member) in the City of David excavations in Jerusalem.

See below a dramatic clip about some of the finds (in Hebrew with English subtitles):,20658,165396-4967057,00.html

Way to go Nahshon!


Astragalus bone at the bottom of a krater…

Sue Frumin, who is working on the archaeobotanical remains from Area D, just wrote to me that yesterday, she dry sifted some sediments from a krater that was discovered in Area D last year. And while there were no botanical remains, she did find a single astragalus bone at the very bottom of the vessel!

The Astragalus bone, sometimes popularly called a “knucklebone”, is a small bone from within the “tarsal joint” of hooved animals such as sheep, goats and cows. In antiquity, these bones are used for various functions, including as game pieces and dice, and in cult and divination. Over the years we have found quite a few astragali bones at Tell es-Safi/Gath, including several substantial concentrations in the Temple in Area D, right next to the unique two-horned altar.

So now we have an extra “friend” to join those already found! Cool!

Below the vessel with the astragalus inside it, and two pictures of the excavations of the bowl – “in situ”.

Preparations for exhibition at the BIU library

As previously mentioned, a small exhibition on some of the finds from Tell es-Safi/Gath and their relevance for understanding various aspects of daily life reflected in the biblical text, will open this Tuesday at the Bar-Ilan University central library.

Here are some pictures of the preparations for the exhibit, taken by Amit – with Shira as the star: