Pirates in the Lab! First “Lunch at Safi: A sandwich with an idea” presentation

As mentioned previously, today we had the first meeting of what we hope we will conduct once a month – “Lunch at Safi: A sandwich with an idea”.

The meeting is an informal get together in the lab, to which all students and staff from the BIU department are invited. At the meeting, in addition bringing their own sandwiches and getting a cup of coffee from us, the basic idea is for the participants to hear a short presentation on one of the topics that has been researched recently as part of the project activities.

This time, I have a short talk on the ideas that Louise Hitchcock and me have been writing about recently – the suggestion that some of the Philistines (and other “Sea Peoples”) may have pirate-like characteristics.

Each time we will choose another topic – looking forward to this.

Here’s a few pictures from the meeting:

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New article on archaeological evidence of Arameans in the Southern Levant

An article of mine (see here a link to a proofs of the article, as the final one is under copyright) has just appeared that deals with archaeological evidence of the Arameans in the Iron Age II Southern Levant, covering various sites – including Tell es-Safi/Gath.

The full title of the article is:

Maeir, A. M. 2016. The Aramaean Involvement in the Southern Levant: Case Studies for Identifying the Archaeological Evidence. Pp. 79–87 in In Search of Aram and Israel: Politics, Culture and Identity, eds. O. Sergi, M. Oeming and I. J. de-Hulster. Orientalische Religionen in der Antike. Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck.

The paper was published as part of a very nice volume, edited by Omer Sergi et al., in which a very nice collection of papers relating to the relations between Israel and Aram in biblical times were collected, based for the most part on a conference on the topic that was held in Heidelberg some two years ago.

Article in “Popular Archaeology” on the Safi excavations

A short and very nice article on the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, and in particular, on the finds and fortifications in the lower city, has appeared in the journal “Popular Archaeology“. Apparently, it was published more than a year ago, but – better late them never in noticing it!

In it, both Eric Welch and I are quoted.

Check it out – very nice!


HT – Eric Welch

French article on the Philistines in Les Cahiers Science & Vie

A nice semi-popular article on the Philistines has appeared in the French journal Les Cahiers Science & Vie, which is sort of a French version of Scientific American.

The article, written by Jean-Francois Mondot, gives an overview of current research on the Philistines. As I was extensively interviewed (by email) for the article, I’m quoted throughout.

Check it out – mondot_en-question_philistins_les-cahiers-science-et-vie_2016


Registration for the 2017 season!

For those of you who have been waiting to start registering for the coming season at Tell es-Safi/Gath (July 2nd to 28th, 2017), good news! The registration will officially be opened at the end of this week!

So, all of those interested in joining our team, for another fun-filled and find-filled season of exploration, discovery and lifelong memories – this is your chance!

Just surf to the registration page – and the rest you will tell your family, friends, and eventually grandkids, in the years to come!

See you in the summer,


BAS 2016 Scholarship Recipients Reports – with 3 Safi team members!

The Biblical Archaeology Society has posted the annual collection of reports by the recipients of the Dig Scholarships. And very nicely, three members of the Safi 2016 team, , Michael Aschliemann, Kasey Nicol Shell and Diona Southcott, who were received the scholarships, have their say!

Check it out – and for those thinking of joining the team this summer – do apply for the 2017 scholarships!