Courtesy Tell es-Safi excavation

A plethora of pottery. The excavation at Tell es-Safi has proved a boon to pottery specialists. The juglets in this photo are decorated with black and white stripes and are called Ashdod Ware by archaeologists, after the Philistine coastal city in which they were first found in great numbers. The Safi excavators found so many examples of this type of pottery, in addition to the ones shown here, that they suggest that the name be changed to Gittite Ware, after ancient Gath. They also suggest that this type of pottery may be the successor to bichrome ware and may represent a fusion of Philistine and Phoenician styles.