Letting their Pottery Talk: Insights on the Philistines and their Culture as seen through their Ceramic Remains
4pm Sunday, 7 October 2018
Briefing Room, Level 1
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street
The Philistines and their culture are the “stuff of legends” – well-known to many through the Biblical stories about Goliath, Samson and other figures. Archaeological excavations in modern-day Israel provide us with a fascinating picture of who the Philistines were, how their culture developed, and the character of their relations with neighbouring cultures, including the Biblical Israelites. Important insights on a broad range of facets relating to the Philistine culture can be gleaned through multi-disciplinary studies of their rich ceramic repertoire, revealing aspects relating to food consumption, social structure and status, trade relations and cult, and various other topics. In this lecture, Dr. Maeir will showcase examples of some of his recent research on Philistine pottery, utilizing various analytic perspectives and fascinating and often quite surprising results — including some very unexpected evidence of the contents and use of some of these vessels.
About Professor Aren M. Maeir
Professor Aren M. Maeir is professor of Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University, in Ramat Gan, Israel. He has directed the excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath for more than two decades (gath.wordpress.com). His research interests include the Bronze and Iron Age archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean, scientific applications in archaeology, the interface between ancient texts and archaeological artifacts, ancient food patterns and intercultural relations. He has over 200 publications on a broad range of topics from Levantine archaeology to ethno-archaeological insights on Papua New Guinea.
This talk is free and open to the public, SEACS members and their guests. No RSVP is required but attendance is limited to 70 people, on a first-come-first-served basis. The talk program will begin promptly at 4pm and end at approximately 5.30pm. Parking is available in the National Library basement carpark and the closest MRT station is Bras Basah.