Nice article (in Hebrew) on the excavations at Safi and various team members

A very nice article dealing with the excavations at Safi (see online version here), with a particular focus on the team members who come from all over the world, was published this weekend in the local news section of the paper “Yediot Ahronot”.

The author of the article is Yedida Peretz, who is a student in the department, participated in the excavations this season, and is also a journalist.

See below:

Zach Margulies lecturing at NYU!

Zach Margulies was on the Safi team for quite a few seasons (including serving as a square supervisor in Area F), and is currently working on his PhD at NYU.

Zach will be presenting a very interesting lecture at NYU next week (see details below).

Way to go Zach!

The Society for Ancient Studies — NYU’s ancient world interdisciplinary graduate student organization — is excited to announce that next Monday Zachary Margulies, of the NYU Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, will be delivering our second-annual graduate student invited lecture. Please find the details and abstract below, and the talk poster attached.

Zachary Margulies (NYU)
“Speaking Like Women: Achilles, David, and the Women’s Lament”
October 28, 2019 at 7:00pm
NYU Silver Center Room 503

Abstract: Lamentation over the dead in both Greece and the Near East was traditionally the domain of women. In the Iliad, this female genre is delivered with a specific form, distinct from that of men’s mourning speeches. In only the case of Achilles lamenting Patroclus, however, is a man depicted as using the women’s form, while intriguingly, the roughly contemporaneous biblical book of Samuel also records David delivering a lament over his companion, Jonathan, using a strikingly similar form. This talk will propose an explanation for these exceptional cases of ancient Eastern Mediterranean heroes engaging in marked women’s speech.

Please note that a reception preceding the talk will begin at 6:30pm.

HT: Jack Sasson

Conference on the Philistines, NYC, Sunday, November 17, 2019

On Sunday, November 17, 2019, Jill Katz and her colleagues at Yeshiva University in New York city, will be organizing a conference, to be held at the Yeshiva University Museum, on the Philistines.

The conference will be entitled “The Philistines: Rehabilitating a Biblical Foe.”

See here the full program:

Article in the ToI on the finds, methods and controversies about the excavations in the City of David

A very interesting article (by Amanda Borschel-Dan) has appeared in the Times of Israel, on the finds, methods and controversies about the excavations in the City of David. Towards the end of the article, I give my two cents relating to the excavation methodology.
Check it out!

Annual Conference on the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region – 23-24/10/19

The Annual Conference “New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region” will be held on Wednesday-Thursday, 23-24 of October, 2019.

The organizers have asked to spread the word about this interesting conference. Looks like it will be very interesting!

Here’s the schedule in English and Hebrew: