Humorous Image of the Day


-Har-dee-har-har! Obviously, this comes by way of the Safi/Gath blog, whose contributors are clearly overburdened with pictures of Philistine pottery they wish to get off their chest, especially after Netanyahu’s infamous bomb presentation. “LPDW” is “Late Philistine Decorated Ware” Monochrome is c. 1130-c. 1050 BC, Bichrome is c. 1070-c. 1020 BC, Debased Bichrome is Late Iron I and LPDW is Iron IIa.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

8 thoughts on “Humorous Image of the Day”

  1. According to my reading, the Philistines did not occupy the coastland before the 1140s or 1130s BCE. This phase lasted until the end of the 12th century BCE. The Bichrome phase went from the 11th through most of the 10th century BCE and the Iron I/Iron IIA transition did not take place before the late 10th century BCE. So, in my view you’re way too high with your dates.

    1. Thanks for pointing out my error! I meant 1050. I don’t know how it came out as 1150. I’ve changed the post to reflect your pointing out of my error.

    2. The early tenth century (Late Iron I/Megiddo VIA) is contemporary with the “debased” phase of Philistine Bichrome. So, with the exception of my confusion of c.1150 with c.1050, my chronology is all right (unless you manage to point out further errors).

  2. It’s not a question of errors or who is right or wrong. It’s a debate, and it needs to be thrashed out. I still say you’re too high with your chronology. When are you dating the Iron I/IIA transition? And how do you account for that in the changes in Philistine pottery? Also, are you saying that Monochrome went on into the second half of the 10th century? That seems very late to me.

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