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A Snippet on the Gath Inscription

And just enough to tease!

Yesterday, I mentioned that we found a fragment of a jar with the letter “mem” right in the vicinity of the altar. Well today, when pottery was being washed and read, additional fragments of this jar, and inscription (!!!!) were found. As it is still hard to read, all I can (and will) say at this time is that there are a few more letters, in ink, and it appears to have been written by a proficient hand. Now that this is too little information and … Read More

via The Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

More on the Gath Altar

Aren hints that there also may be an inscription unearthed too…

This afternoon, we took out the altar from Area D. A truck with a crane came to the field and after we tipped over the altar, picked it up and put in our pickup truck. We will take to Bar-Ilan and place it in the lab for further analysis. It was quite cool removing it! Earlier today when I was walking by the pottery washing, I stopped and looked at one of the trays – and to my surprise, found a large sherd from a storage jar which had on it a ver … Read More

via The Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

Great news – new grant for Safi project

Aren shares the good news below. Congrats to him and all those involved. Now they can continue their work even longer.

Today I received the official news that a grant that I applied for (along with Drs. Udi Weiss and Liora Horwitz) on the application of an “invasion biology” perspective on the study of the LB/Iron Age transition at Tell es-Safi/Gath, was accepted. The grant, from the prestigious BIKURA/FIRST track of the Israel Science Foundation, will enable to work on this topic for the next three years. The idea behind this research, which to the best of our k … Read More

via The Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

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 Clines) who are doing real archaeology and trying to inform the public properly.

Here is the link to yesterday’s Fox TV interview: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1047657462001/bible-bad-guys-unearthed/ Enjoy! Aren … Read More

via The Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

Lecture on Gath in the 8th century BCE at the SBL

My sightseeing will have to be interrupted for this one.

The schedule of the SBL meeting in San Francisco this coming November has been put online. Among the many very interesting lectures, there is one section of special signifance (;-) – where I will be presenting a paper on Safi (and Philistia and the Shephelah) in the 8th cent. BCE. Here are the details of the session: S20-308 — Biblical Lands and Peoples in Archaeology … Read More

via The Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

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 papers that were given related to topics that would have interested Hanan. I gave a paper on evidence of alphabetic writing at Tell es-Safi/Gath during the Iron Age, in particular focussing on a small group of inscript … Read More

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