Our team just published a new paper that deals with the donkey burials/sacrifices found below domestic floors in the EB III (2550-2850 BCE) levels in Area E at Tell es-Safi/Gath

Here are the details of the paper: Greenfield, H. J., Greenfield, T. L., Shai, I., Albaz, S., and Maeir, A. M. 2018. Household Rituals and Sacrificial Donkeys: Why Are There So Many Domestic Donkeys Buried in an Early Bronze Age Neighborhood at Tell eṣ-Ṣâfi/Gath? Near Eastern Archaeology 81(3): 202–11. Check it out here!   Advertisements

we just published a new article on our research at Tell es-Safi/Gath. It shows the origins of the bridle based on dental bit wear from one of our donkeys

Greenfield, Haskel J., Itzhaq Shai, Tina L. Greenfield, Elizabeth Arnold, Annie Brown, Adi Eliyahu, and Aren M. Maeir. 2018. Earliest Evidence for Equid Bit Wear in the Ancient near East: The “Ass” from Early Bronze Age Gath (Tell Eṣ-Ṣâfi), Israel. PLOS1 13 (5):e0196335. https://doi.org/10.1371 Analysis of a sacrificed and interred domestic donkey from an Early…

New paper at ICAANE conference

I am about to depart for Munich to give a talk at the ICAANE conference on some results by my team. I will be talking about how one can reconstruct the age and sex of potters in ancient pottery from our site at Tell es-Safi/Gath in Israel based on their fingerprints left in the clay.…