Near Eastern Seminar Series (NESS) | Madaline Harris-Schober: Revisiting Philistine Ritual Architecture of the Southern Levant
Madaline Harris-Schober | University of Melbourne | Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München
Revisiting Philistine Ritual Architecture of the Southern Levant: The Issue of Definition
The lack of universal definition and methodology for the identification of cult and ritual practise in the archaeological record has led to the misidentification of Philistine ritual buildings. The future of understanding Philistine ritual and cult lies deep in comparative analysis; therefore, this thesis and its associated research aims to synthesise and critically analyse past studies with the goal of creating a new methodology that can be applied directly to our understanding of the Philistines. The Aegean as a source of Philistine inspiration, possible origin and artistic stimuli has been oversaturated with studies since T. Dothan’s original publication, “The Philistines and Their Material Culture”. It is now time for archaeologists to further consider Cypriot, Anatolian and Sardinian connections with the Sea Peoples in order to understand the worlds from which this group came and the memory they brought with them to the Southern Levant. Recent excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Nahal Patish and Yavneh have shed new light on Philistine ritual and cult practises, further illuminating these interregional connections and local ritual patterns. Whilst it is apparent that research surrounding the Philistines has gained popularity over the past decade, there has been no attempt at creating a corpus of Philistine ritual architecture, material culture and practice utilizing available new data and comparative approaches. This presentation will summarise the current development of this corpus and PhD thesis and present aspects of this new research development.
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