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Book: Exploring the Holy Land

Chapter: 8. "The Limits of The Ancient City”: The Fortifications of Tell Es-Safi/Gath 115 Years after Bliss and Macalister

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.34545


In this study we review the evidence of the fortifications of Tell es-Safi/Gath, based on the results of the PEF excavations by Bliss and Macalister in 1899, and those of the current BIU excavations. We demonstrate that the fortifications of the upper tell noted by Bliss and Macalister are the Early Bronze Age fortifications of the city, reused in later periods as well, based on insights from the recent excavations

Chapter Contributors

  • Eric Welch ( - ewelch) 'University of Kansas'
  • Jeffrey Chadwick ( - jrchadwick) 'Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center'
  • Itzhaq Shai ( - ishai) 'Ariel University'
  • Jill Katz ( - jkatz) 'Yeshiva University'
  • Haskel Greenfield ( - hjgreenfield) 'University of Manitoba and St. Paul's College'
  • Amit Dagam ( - adagam) 'Bar-Ilan University'
  • Aren Maeir ( - amaeir) 'Bar-Ilan University'