Integrating Micro- and Macro-Archaeology at a Multi-period Site: Insights and Outcomes from Tell es-Safi/Gath

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During the last two decades, a concentrated effort has been made to integrate macro- and micro-archaeology, in the field and in the lab, in the context of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project. In this paper, I discuss the concepts and methods behind this inter- and multidisciplinary approach to field archaeology, and expand on several examples of such work, including aspects relating to on-site sampling for carbon-14 dating, early Philistine metallurgy and plaster production, Early Bronze Age (Canaanite) and Iron Age (Philistine) hearths, and evidence for the physical manifestations of a site-wide destruction of the site during the Iron Age IIA. In addition, I discuss insights that have resulted from two decades of intense interdisciplinary research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOne World Archaeology
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameOne World Archaeology
ISSN (Print)2625-8641
ISSN (Electronic)2625-865X

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3Excavation and research on the EB levels at Tell es-Safi/Gath was funded by a grant from the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council to Haskel Greenfield (University of Manitoba) and Aren M. Maeir (Bar-Ilan University). I would like to thank the staff and team members of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project for their dedicated work in excavating, analyzing, and interpreting the finds from Tell es-Safi/Gath. In particular, I am particularly grateful to Prof. Steve Weiner, of the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, for spearheading the implementation of the micro-archaeology program at the excavations. In addition, thanks to the area and square supervisors in charge of the various excavation areas discussed in this article: R. Avissar, J. Chadwick, A. Dagan, H. Greenfield, L. Hitchcock, J. Katz, S. Kissos, C. Shafer-Elliott, I. Shai, J. Uziel, E. Welch, and A. Zukerman. From the micro-archaeological side, I would like to thank Y. Asscher, E. Boaretto, S. Gur-Arieh, A. Eliyahu, D. Namdar, J. Regev, L. Regev, R. Shahack-Gross, M. Toffolo, C. Trueman, and N. Yahalom for the various micro-archaeological analyses conducted both on-site and off-site. This research was partially funded by grants from the Israel Science Foundation (#100/2013 to AMM), the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council (#895-2011-1005 to H. Greenfield and AMM), and the Kushitzky Fund of Bar-Ilan University.

FundersFunder number
Kushitzky Fund of Bar-Ilan University
University of Manitoba
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada895-2011-1005
Israel Science Foundation100/2013


    • Archaeological science
    • Carbon-14
    • Destruction
    • Early Bronze Age
    • Hearths
    • Iron Age
    • Metallurgy
    • Micro-archaeology
    • Plaster
    • Tell es-Safi/Gath


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