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Azekah Lecture Series

The folk excavating at Azekah are in for a series of very fine lectures this season.  Here are just a few of them: Monday, July 16th Prof. Aren Maeir (Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan) The Excavations of Philistine Gath Monday, July 23rd … Continue reading

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Gath’s Grant

Aren Maeir writes Prof. Haskel Greenfield (University of Manitoba) and Prof. Aren Maeir (Bar-Ilan University) have been awarded a seven year, large-scale grant from the Canadian government’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council for the study of the Early Bronze … Continue reading

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Scholarships Available for Persons Wishing to Excavate at Gath and Tel Burna!

Thanks to the generous support of the ADAR Foundation, Bar-Ilan University has the opportunity to offer a number of scholarships for college students, interested in biblical history and archaeology, to participate in the excavations of two important biblical period sites in Israel, Tell es-Safi/Gath (www.dig-gath.org) … Continue reading

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Aren Maeir in the News

If his parents hadn’t moved from New York to Israel in 1969, noted Israeli archeologist Aren Maeir would more likely be holding a stethoscope than a shovel.  “In Jewish suburbia, 90-odd percent of people are doctors, lawyers or accountants,” muses the Bar-Ilan … Continue reading

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Louise Hitchcock: First Lady of the Philistines

Louise, a frequent digger at Gath and Professor in Australia is in the news in a really nicely done interview.  Good for her!  And good for the profession!!!! In our first hour, we welcome to the show Prof. Louise Hitchcock, Associate Professor … Continue reading

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Bob Cargill, The Dead Sea Scrolls, Linen, and The Tie that Binds Them All…

Is an essay in LiveScience.com which suggests that there may now be a clue concerning the authorship of the Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls may have been written, at least in part, by a sectarian group called the Essenes, according … Continue reading

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A New Article by Aren Maeir and Louise Hitchcock

Maeir, A. M., and Hitchcock, L. 2011. Absence Makes the Hearth Grow Fonder: Searching for the Origins of the Philistine Hearth. Eretz Israel (A. Ben-Tor Volume) 30: 46*-64*. Clever title and interesting sounding essay.  Here’s the opening- The appearance of the hearth … Continue reading

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More on the ‘Miriam Ossuary’, Or at Least Catching Up

An interesting piece which commences In Jerusalem and Judah, ancient limestone burial boxes containing skeletal remains — called ossuaries — are fairly common archaeological finds from the 1st century BCE to the 1st century AD period. Forgers have also added … Continue reading

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Excavating the EB jar at Gath

Nice work. As I had mentioned in my posts during the season, in Area E, a very nice assemblage of EB III pottery was found, including a restorable jar and cooking pot. This was of interest from various perspectives, including … Continue reading

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A Fantastic Aerial View of Gath

Thanks to Aren for posting this. It’s really brilliant. As requested, and just to show a nice picture, here is one of the aerial photos of Areas A and E. The photo was taken by the balloon at the end … Continue reading

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An Iron Age Tomb at Gath

Aren has generously sent along a copy of Faerman, M., Boaretto, E., Uziel, J., Maeir, A. M., and Smith, P. 2011 “…In Their Lives, and in Their Death…”: A Preliminary Study of an Iron Age Burial Cave at Tell es-Safi, … Continue reading

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David Eitam’s Brief Remarks on the Gath Altar

You can read them here. It’s not so much an essay as it is a listing of observations. Related articles More on the Gath Altar (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com) A Snippet on the Gath Inscription (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com) An Altar at Gath (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)

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The Gang at Gath on the Fox News Station!

Thanks to Aren for pointing this out. Give it a watch. The widespread news coverage of the dig the other day was nicely done (for the most part). So good for Aren and the others (like Israel Finkelstein and Eric … Continue reading

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Bob Cargill’s Take on the ‘Miriam Ossuary’

Nicely done, per usual. This morning, archaeologists from Bar Ilan University and Tel Aviv University announced the discovery of an ossuary (burial bone box) in Israel, which was recovered from thieves who had robbed a tomb. The ossuary is unprovenanced … Continue reading

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Another ‘I Sure Wish I Could Have Gone’ Conference

As previously mentioned, today, Thursday, June 9th, the 31st annual meeting of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology was held at BIU. The meeting this year was held in memory of Hanan Eshel and the … Continue reading

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Remembering Hanan Eshel

Aren Maeir informs us of a conference in memory of Hanan Eshel. On Sunday, January 2nd, 2011, the Second International Conference of the Jeselsohn Epigraphic Center for Jewish History, “Epigraphy and Daily Life – From the Bible to the Talmud”, … Continue reading

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