PROF. AREN M. MAEIR, THE TELL ES-SAFI/GATH ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT
HAZAEL’S FURY. Dig participants at the Philistine site of Tell es-Safi/Gath hold a screen to make shade or reflect light for the photographer to document this ninth-century B.C.E. destruction level. Gath dig director Aren M. Maeir calls this stratum the “Hazael Destruction,” in reference to the devastation of Gath at the hands of Hazael, King of Aram-Damascus, c. 830 B.C.E.