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Re: [ANE-2] Excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath - last minute volunteers

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  • Beatrice Hopkinson
    I ve forwarded your note to our Institute of Archaeology at UCLA who have in turn notified their extended group, as well as to my AIA Los angeles group website
    Message 1 of 3 , May 4 3:11 PM
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      I've forwarded your note to our Institute of Archaeology at UCLA who have
      in turn notified their extended group, as well as to my AIA Los angeles
      group website
      and student group - do let me know if you have any bites.

      Beatrice Hopkinson,
      Hon. Secretary Los Angeles Branch, Oxford University Society
      Board Member, American Institute of Archaeology
      President, Droitwich Brine Springs and Archaeological Trust
      Affilliate, Cotsen institute of Archaeology, UCLA


      >Dear all,
      >Please note, and feel free to pass this on to other lists, students,
      >colleagues, and for that matter, people that you meet in the subway, the
      >following information on the option to still sign up to this year's
      >excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath. We still have room - despite the fact
      >that the official deadline for registration has passed!
      >Remember - talking about the ANE, archaeology and the Bible, without
      >actually experiencing excavations - is like a beduin who lives in the
      >Sahara learning to swim thru a correspondance course...
      >Aren Maeir
      >JULY 5 – 31, 2009
      >THE SITE
      >Tell es-Safi/Gath (Hebrew Tel Tsafit), Israel, is a commanding mound
      >located on the border between the Judean foothills (the Shephelah) and the
      >coastal plain (Philistia), approximately halfway between Jerusalem and
      >Ashkelon. At about 100 acres in size, it is one of the largest and most
      >important pre-Classical period archaeological sites in Israel. Tell
      >es-Safi is identified as Canaanite and Philistine Gath (known from the
      >Bible as the home of Goliath and Achish) and Crusader Blanche Garde. The
      >site was inhabited continuously from the Chalcolithic period (5th
      >millennium BCE) until 1948 CE.
      >Since 1996 a team of archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology at
      >Bar Ilan University, under the direction of Prof. Aren M. Maeir, has been
      >digging at Tell es-Safi/Gath. The first 13 years of the project
      >(1996-2008) have demonstrated the great importance of the site. Major
      >finds include: 1) A 9th century BCE destruction layer with extraordinarily
      >rich remains; 2) An unique siege trench, dating to the Iron Age, that
      >surrounds the site, apparent evidence of an Aramaic siege of the site (see
      >II Kings 12:18); 3) A rich stratigraphic sequence covering the Early
      >Bronze II through Modern times (ca. 26th BCE - 20th century CE); 4) A
      >rich representation of the material culture of the Philistines,
      >arch-enemies of the biblical-period Israelites; 5) Fascinating
      >inscriptions from various periods, including Canaanite, Egyptian and
      >Philistine (including the so-called "Goliath Inscription").
      >All able and willing people between 16 and 80 are invited to join us for a
      >unique and exciting experience uncovering the history and culture of the
      >Holy Land. In addition to participating in all facets of the excavation
      >process, participants will be provided with an opportunity to learn
      >cutting-edge techniques of field archaeology, gain experience in
      >archaeological science applications (with a unique program in
      >inter-disciplinary archaeological science in the field), hear lectures
      >about the archaeology and history of the region and related issues, and go
      >on field trips to nearby sites of historical/archaeological and/or
      >contemporary interest. Participants will join a young, vivacious team
      >comprised of staff, students and volunteers from Israel and the
      >world-over. Students can earn either 3 or 6 university credits through
      >Bar-Ilan University, the second largest university in Israel.
      >Accommodations (including kosher food) will be provided at idyllic Kibbutz
      >Revadim, a short drive from the site. Rooms (4-6 per room; single and
      >double rooms available at extra charge) are air-conditioned and there will
      >is to the Kibbutz pool. And don't forget the weekly, Thursday evening,
      >WORKDAY (more or less)
      >6am to 1 pm excavation; Afternoon: various excavation related processes
      >(such as pottery reading) and occasional tours; Evenings: occasional
      >lectures. We work Sunday afternoon to Friday mid-day.
      >Volunteers: US$400 per week, 2 week minimum, or US$1550 for entire 4 weeks
      >(plus US$50 registration fee). Price includes R&B for entire week, daily
      >transportation to site and back, and various dig-related activities. Does
      >not include transportation to Israel, and to and from the Base camp, as
      >well as health and accident insurance.
      >Students (wishing to receive university credits): In addition to the R&B,
      >$500 for half program (3 credits) and $1000 for full program (6 credits).
      >For application forms and further information, please contact:
      >Prof. Aren M. Maeir
      >The Institute of Archaeology
      >The Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology
      >Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900
      >Fax: ++972-3-6354941
      >Email: maeira@...
      >Website: www.dig-gath.org
      >Blog: http://gath.wordpress.com
    • arenmaeir
      Beatrice, Thanks! Aren Maeir www.dig-gath.org
      Message 2 of 3 , May 5 7:25 PM
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