Newspaper piece about the Safi excavation in the “Catholic Register”

A piece on the excavations at Safi appeared in the “Catholic Register” – Canada’s oldest Catholic English publication. The piece focuses on the participation of the Canadian team led by Haskel Greenfield, and students from St. Paul’s college at the Univ. of Manitoba. Haskel and some of the Manitoba team are interviewed.

Nice piece – save that we have not found several shards with the name of Goliath on them…:-)


HT: Eric Welch

Nice article in Haaretz on some of the controversies regarding the historicity of the Bible

A very nice article in in the English edition of Haaretz just appeared (translation of the Hebrew article that appeared last week) in which Nir Hasson discusses the ongoing scholarly controversies on the historicity of the Bible – 18 years after the famous article on this topic, by Z. Herzog, that also appeared in the Haaretz.

You’ll see that I appear in the article a couple of times (and Gath get’s a nice mention) – even if they misspelled my name in the English version…

Check it out – very nicely done!


HT: Carl Schwanke

Sad news: Uri Reiss passed away

I was so sorry to hear that our friend, Uri Reiss, who was a core team member of the Safi project for over a decade, and served for many years as the project “Major Domo”, passed away this last Friday.

Uri was truly a great person, kind and friendly, caring and motivated, and with endless energy – and always with a smile on his face. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. The “Safi family” has lost an important member.

May his memory be blessed – יהי זכרו ברוך!

Here is a picture of Uri working in the field – as many of the Safi old-timers most probably remember him.


Two new publications (not directly related to Safi…)

Two new publications have just appeared, and although they are not directly connected to the Safi excavations, they might be of interest. Check them out!

Maeir, A. M. 2017. Assessing Jerusalem in the Middle Bronze Age: A 2017 Perspective. Pp. 64*-74* in New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and Its Region: Collected Papers, Volume XI, eds. Y. Gadot, Y. Zelinger, K. Cytryn-Silverman and J. Uziel. (see here a link to the paper)

Maeir, A. M. 2017. “There Is Nothing So Whole as a Broken Heart”: Reflections on “The Practice of Repairing Vessels in Ancient Egypt” (NEA 79.4 [2016]) by Julia Hsieh. Near Eastern Archaeology 80(3): 202–03. (see here a link to a corrected proof of the paper)


2nd day of mini-season

Today we had the 2nd (and last) day of the mini-season. Work continued in the metallurgy area in Area D, and Dr. Michael Toffolo (from the Univ. of Bordeaux) came to the site to sample a very interesting context that was found in Area F this season, apparently related to the production of a plaster.

It was a great day again! See here some pictures:

Mini-season at the tell!

Today (Oct. 17) we conducted a small mini-season at the tell. A small group of the team, came down to the site to do some work in Area D, in the metallurgy area and in the gate area. Tomorrow, we’ll be back to finish up.

Excavating with a small group, and in the fall, is quite different from what we usually do in the summer. The weather was great, the finds were nice, and we had a great time.

I also checked on Areas K and K2 – and they are doing just fine! :-)

Here are some pictures: