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Aren Maeir: Public Lecture on ‘The Search for Goliath’

At William Jessup University– Over the last decade and a half, Aren Maeir has been leading excavations at the site of Tell es-Safi, which is identified as Philistine Gath, hometown of the legendary biblical figure Goliath. In his lecture, Prof. … Continue reading

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Philpacolypse Now! The 2012 Melbourne Excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath

By Louise Hitchcock.   You can download the audio of her presentation directly here (it’s 122 MB).  Or you can go here if you don’t want to download it directly.

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If You Don’t Want to go to Jezreel, Go to Gath

The 2013 application is online here. Information (click to download) 2013 Tell es-Safi/Gath Expedition Volunteer Information 2013 Tell es-Safi/Gath Field School Syllabus Forms (click to download) 2013 Tell es-Safi/Gath Health Form 2013 Tell es-Safi/Gath Signature Form Note on Forms:  In … Continue reading

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Goings On at Gath: Photos From Louise Hitchcock

Louise is working at Gath, looking, one presumes, for Goliath’s cereal bowl.  Until she finds that, she’s digging up some other cool stuff (along of course with the rest of the good folk there led by the inestimably gifted Aren … Continue reading

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A New Essay by Aren Maeir

Aren kindly mentions this new contribution to the field- Gur-Arieh, S., Boaretto, E., Maeir, A. M., and Shahack-Gross, R. 2012. Formation Processes in Philistine Hearths from Tell es-Safi/Gath (Israel): An Experimental Approach. Journal of Field Archaeology 37(2): 121–31. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Calling Someone a Philistine Is Really a Compliment

The Philistines were really amazingly cultured, as the excavation at Gath (and elsewhere) has shown.  This reminder of that simple fact provoked by the appearance of a paper by Louise Hitchcock titled ‘Who Are you Calling a Philistine?‘  You’ll, I … Continue reading

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Gath: The Two Hour Interview with Aren Maeir!

With thanks to Joseph Lauer for pointing this out in an email! This Tuesday, on Memorial Day evening (Erev Yom Hazikaron), I had the very enjoyable opportunity to be interviewed by Barnea Levi Selavan and David Willner (of the Foundationstone … Continue reading

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The View From Gath

Aren has posted a really nice video showing the site of Gath from the top of the Tell.  It’s a 360 degree look around.  It’s quite beautiful.

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Prize Find: Horned Altar from Tell es-Safi Hints at Philistine Origins

That’s the title of an essay by Aren Maeir that appears (and this pains me but I must do it because, 1), I have the highest regard for Aren; and 2), every now and then even BAR manages to publish … Continue reading

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The Gath Inscription

Aren Maeir says Two days ago, I mentioned how playing with Photoshop with pictures of the inscription from Area D did wonders. I was immediately swamped with requests to show pictures of the inscription! Since I am a nice guy, and in … Continue reading

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New Photos from Lachish, Khirbet Qeiyafa, and Gath

On the Tel Aviv University FB page.  Some great photos, all worth seeing!

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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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Aren Maeir’s Lecture on Gath

Via Jack Sasson, word of this public lecture at the Bible Lands Museum- Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem –Wednesday Evenings Lectures at 19:30 Free with Museum Admission 2.11.11 – New Discoveries from Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations – Prof. Aren Meir [sic!], Bar … Continue reading

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Good News from Gath

Aren announces Late last night, I sent off the publisher, what I hope is the final version of the forthcoming first volume (hopefully of many more…) of the reports on the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath.  This is very exciting – … Continue reading

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Gath, Greece, Hazael, and Things They Have in Common

Aren’s got a fine post up today! It’s not often that Hazael and Greece are co-ordinated on the blogs. But Aren shows why he’s done it. As you all probably know, Hazael king of Aram Damascus was an very important … 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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Nice aerial view of Tell Safi/ Gath

Via Aren. Love the present blog header image too! Here is a dramatic aerial view of the tell (notice the dark clouds in the background), taken at the end of the 2011 season. The view is towards the SW, overlooking … 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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