L’iscrizione presunta fenicia AHI 8.015 di Kuntillet ʿAjrud

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Paolo Merlo has uploaded his paper on Kuntillet ‘Ajrud to

kuntilletIl sito di KuntilletʿAjrud (Ḥorvat Teiman) – una piccola altura isolata a circa 60 Km sud di Kadeš-Barnea, nella parte settentrionale della penisola del Sinai – è stato scavato in tre brevi campagne negli anni 1975 e 1976 sotto la direzione di Z. Meshel. A distanza di più di trenta anni, nonostante le prime notizie sui sensazionali ritrovamenti furono pubblicate con grande rapidità, la comunità scientifica ancora non può godere di una esauriente edizione conclusiva dei ritrovamenti epigrafici, ma è costretta a compiere i propri studi sulla base di notizie preliminari o da quelle offerte da coloro che hanno avuto la “fortuna” di vedere le iscrizioni. La storia di come l’iscrizione AHI 8.015 sia stata pubblicata e interpretata è illuminante delle carenze che da sempre hanno contrassegnato la diffusione delle informazioni relative ai ritrovamenti epigrafici di Kuntillet ʿAjrud. Proprio per segnalare di nuovo l’assurdità della mancanza di una edizione definitiva dei ritrovamenti mi sono accinto a compiere su di essa queste brevi note (si veda però l’Appendice).

Do enjoy it (on this dark day in this dark week).

The Abraham Narrative

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Israel Finkelstein and Thomas Römer, Comments on the Historical Background of the Abraham Narrative: Between “Realia” and “Exegetica”, was just published in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 3 (2014), pp. 3-23.


Virtual Ur

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Thus the British Museum-

Our website will present for the first time an authoritative set of high resolution images of the entirety of the finds, integrated with all field notes, catalogue records, photos, reports, maps, letters and publications. Importantly, data are recorded in a format that allows them to be fully indexable and extractable, enabling people to create their own datasets and make comparisons with their own research. This approach will also allow us to re-establish lost object identifications and crucial findspot information. We will relate internal references between notes, letters, publications and catalogues, connect artefacts to their findspots on maps, and link wherever possible to other resources with the goal of enabling researchers to analyse the site in exciting new ways. All data are thoroughly cross-referenced, facilitating the study of artefacts all the way from excavation context to current display.

Something to look forward to.  Check the link for much more info and some really fine photos.

The ‘Archaeological Time Machine’

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With thanks to Alexander Fantalkin for mentioning this-

בעתיד נוכל ללבוש משקפי תלת ממד, לסייר באתר עתיק, ולחוש כיצד הוא נראה בתקופת גדולתו. ד”ר פיליפ ספירשטיין, חוקר אמריקני שבילה בשנים האחרונות בחפירות בישראל וביוון הצליח לפענח בתלת ממד כיצד נראו מבנים שנשארו מהם רק שרידים, ועל הדרך לתקן את התרשימים ששרטטו חוקרים מלפני 100 שנה.

Read it all. It’s right interesting.

Are You Following the Doings at Azekah?

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Here’s the latest batch of photos- as the first week draws to an end.  Follow along here.

10417651_723667424346133_5980857409940608820_nlook, it’s Ido Koch!

Tel Aviv University- International MA Program

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If you’re looking for a program, look into this one-

Haldi of Urartu and his Temple

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Column bases thought to be from a temple dedicated to Haldi, the supreme god of the kingdom of Urartu, have been

(Dlshad Marf Zamua)
(Dlshad Marf Zamua)

uncovered by villagers in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, where doctoral student Dlshad Marf Zamua of Leiden University has been conducting fieldwork. The 2,500-year-old temple was located in the city of Musasir, known as a “holy city founded in bedrock,” and “the city of the raven.” To the south of where the borders of Iraq, Iran, and Turkey intersect, Marf Zamua has also found several life-sized statues of bearded males carved from limestone, basalt, and sandstone that were originally erected above burials. Some of the figures hold a cup in their right hands, with their left hands on their bellies. “One of them holds a hand ax. Another one put on a dagger,” he told Live Science. The statues date to the seventh or sixth century B.C., after Musasir fell to the Assyrians.