Technological insights on philistine culture: Perspectives from tell es-Safi/Gath

Aren M. Maeir, David Ben-Shlomo, Deborah Cassuto, Jeffrey R. Chadwick, Brent Davis, Adi Eliyahu Behar, Suembikya Frumin, Shira Gur-Arieh, Louise A. Hitchcock, Liora K. Horwitz, Francesca Manclossi, Steven A. Rosen, Josephine Verduci, Ehud Weiss, Eric L. Welch, Vanessa Workman

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More than a century of study of the Philistines has revealed abundant remains of their material culture. Concurrently, our understanding of the origins, developmental processes, and socio-political matrix of this fascinating culture has undergone major changes. Among other facets, Philistine technology has been discussed, but in our opinion, a broad view of its importance for understanding Philistine culture is still lacking. The more than twenty years of excavation at Tell es-Safi/Gath, one of the central sites in Iron Age Philistia, offer an opportunity to review a broad range of technology-related evidence from this site, and from this to suggest a current interpretation of Philistine technology within the broader picture of the Iron Age and the processes, mechanisms, interactions, and identity politics of this culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-118
Number of pages43
JournalJournal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019

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  • Aegean
  • Iron age
  • Levant
  • Philistines
  • Technology
  • Tell es-Safi/Gath


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