Nice article on new directions in archaeological research – particularly at Tell es-Safi/Gath – in ERETZ magazine

A very nice popular article, by Heidi Gleit, has appeared in Eretz Magazine, on the new directions in field archaeology, and in particular, those relating to the expanded collaboration with “archaeological science.” Heidi interviewed Elisabetta Boarreto (WIS) and Ruth Shahak-Gross (formerly of WIS, and now of U of Haifa), and yours truly, on this topic. While I gave the perspective of the “plain vanilla” archaeologist (I know, I’m modest…:-), Lisa and Ruty presented the perspectives of the archaeological scientists.

Needless to say, a lot of attention was given to the finds from Tell es-Safi/Gath.

Check it out – it’s quit nice!

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Eric Cline lectures on the LB collapse at the OI – check it out

Eric Cline gave a talk about his great book on the 1177 BCE collapse at the Oriental Institute in Chicago. So, those of you who are too lazy to read through the book (but please, don’t tell Eric about this – tell him you bought his book…), check out the lecture!


P.S. And he mentions my lecture on the Philistines at the OI at around 11:10 minutes into the lecture…:-)

Lectures at the Archaeological Congress

As I mentioned previously, today the annual archaeological congress in Israel was held at BIU. There was a full day of lectures – many of which were very interesting. I have gave a paper on feasting in PNG and implications for the archaeology of the Ancient Near East – which I believe was received very well – and needless to say, I had a lot of fun giving it.

Amit gave our joint paper on the excavations in Area D – the lower city of Gath – and this as well went very well (see the pictures below of Amit giving his paper).

During the lunch break, we got together in the Safi lab, Safi team members and various friends, to raise a toast (see pictures below) in honor of Pessach/Passover – happy holidays to all!

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New article on the Exodus as Cultural/Collective Memory

Just in time for Pessach/Passover, a paper on the Exodus from a cultural/collective memory perspective, has just appeared in a volume edited by Tom Levy et al., the proceedings of a conference on the Exodus which was held in San Diego two years ago.
The paper is entitled:
Maeir, A. M. 2015. Exodus as a Mnemo-Narrative: An Archaeological Perspective. Pp. 409–19 inIsrael’s Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective – Text, Archaeology, Culture, and Geoscience, eds. T. E. Levy, T. Schneider and W. H. C. Propp. Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Heidelberg: Springer.
Happy Passover/Easter for those of you who are celebrating!
And for those participating in a “Seder” tomorrow night – please feel free to use ideas that are presented in the article! :-)

“Young Scholars” conference at BIU, April 30th, 2015

This coming April 30th, 2015, a “Young Scholars” conference of the Dept. of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at BIU will take place. In the meeting, graduate and doctoral students from the department will present lectures (in Hebrew) on aspects of their research.

Among the various lectures, there will be two related to Safi: 1) Shira (Kisos) Albaz will speak about the faience beads from the EB at the site. 2) Nahshon Zanton will speak about new aspects of the typology of the Iron IIA pottery from the site.

In addition, there will be many other very interesting talks. The meeting is open to the public – see below the program: Kenes Hokrim Zeerim_BIU 2015 Should be very interesting – do join us! Aren

Archaeological Congress tomorrow (April 1st, 2015)

As previously mentioned, tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, the annual Archaeological Congress in Israel will be held at Bar-Ilan University and is open to all.

Among other lectures that will be presented at the meeting, you can hear me lecturing on feasting in Papua New Guinea and possible insights on the archaeology of the ancient Near East, and Amit, who will present (in my name as well), a summary of the last 7 years of excavations in the lower city of Gath (Area D).

Hope to see you there!