re: New paper on pirates in the Mediterranean in the LB/Iron Age

A new paper, by Louise Hitchcock and Aren Maeir, on pirates and piracy in the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean, the most recent in a series of papers on this topic.

The full title is:
Hitchcock, L. A., and Maeir, A. M. 2018. Pirates of the Crete-Aegean: Migration, Mobility, and Post-Palatial Realities at the End of the Bronze Age. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of Cretan Studies, Heraklion, 21–25 September 2016. Heraklion: Cretan Historical Society.

Here’s the link

Aargh! Enjoy!

Intact jar on the last hour of the last day – and Murphy’s Law in archaeology

As in the books, regarding Murphy’s Law in archaeology (see details below), today, as we finished final photographs and were about to cover over the areas, an intact jar was found in Area M. Due to the fact that it stuck out quite clearly from the balk, we had to quickly excavate it and remove it – along with a large amount of broken pottery from other vessels from its vicinity.

See below some pictures of the “baby” – some of us got a little emotional about this…

And in general, today we finished all the final photos, removed some finds (…), covered over the excavations areas, and packed up and brought back things to BIU.

It was a great season!

As to Murphy’s Law in archaeology, here are some examples:

  1. A wall that goes into a balk from one side, won’t come out from the other side.
  2. Major finds will be discovered in the last hour of the last day of the excavation.
  3. Just when you are sure that you fully understand a long-standing problem, a new find will completely contradict this viewpoint.