Support Real Archaeology: At Gath

The folk at Azekah recently deployed an online donation option (I hope you’ve done so by now) and now the folk at Safi have as well.

Just so that you should know, there is now another way to take part in the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project, even if you can’t join the team with your actual physical presence.  I have added a PayPal option for donations to the project. For an overview of why donations to the project are so important, and examples of the many costs that must be covered to keep the project running, see here.

Help out.  I guarantee, if they find an ossuary with the name of some famous biblical personage, it will be legit!


7 thoughts on “Support Real Archaeology: At Gath

  1. arenmaeir 14 Mar 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I don’t think it will be an ossuary (we don’t have much Roman period finds on the site [but there is a nearby site, Kh. Safiya, where a Early Roman Period tomb with ossuaries was excavated a few years ago by an IAA team]), but in any case, whatever we will find will be legit – and as you know – we’ve found a lot…


  2. Al 14 Mar 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Dr. West, what do you think about Gath and archeology as portrayed here:


    • Jim 14 Mar 2012 at 12:40 pm

      i dont think its so much ‘gath and archaeology’ as it is a post about the use of archaeology for political ends.


  3. Al 14 Mar 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Doesn’t the post imply that archaeology at Gath is for political ends?


    • Jim 14 Mar 2012 at 12:54 pm

      you’d have to ask deane. in my view the work they’re doing at gath is legitimate and motivated by scientific interests. if deane sees the boogey man of politicization behind every dig, that’s his issue.

      on the other hand, if you want to see a dig motivated purely by politics, go to jerusalem and check in on mazar’s dig at the ‘city of david’


  4. arenmaeir 14 Mar 2012 at 3:13 pm

    The so-called political issues that are supposedly raised by the remnants of giants blog are, you’ll excuse me, ludicrous! Because I mentioned one example of interaction between cultures (that of the Philistines and Israelites), which went on for ca. 500 years during the Iron Age, does not mean that I purposely not mentioning the modern Palestinian/Israeli issues. First of all – I’m an archaeologist – I deal with archaeological cultures. Second, the Palestinian/Israeli issue is only related to a very brief point in the history of the site (and nevertheless, we have published articles and chapters on the later periods at the site, including the on the Palestinian village). Thirdly, I also made the horrible mistake of not mentioning the altercations between the Canaanite city states in the Late Bronze Age; the tensions in this region between the Jews and the Pagans in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods; and the battles between the Crusaders and the Muslims in the Middle Ages!!!
    C’mon – if one mentions modern day politics you are accused of enmeshing archaeology and politics; if you don’t, your accused of not!!!

    Let’s get serious – what we are doing at Tell es-Safi/Gath is archaeology. What others try to do with this is their issue.



  5. Deane 16 Mar 2012 at 3:13 am

    Aren Maeir has quite missed the point of my earlier critique, so I have set it out in more detail at Remnant of Giants.


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