Category Archives: Archaeology

From Israel! Big, Earth Shaking, Earth Shattering News About Evidence from ‘Hezekiah’s Time’

Oh boy they’ve found a bauble in Israel!  You know what this means!!!  That’s right, the entire biblical chronology and historical claims have been PROVEN 100% accurate once again!  Josh McDowell can add another chapter to his little misrepresentative historically ignorant and theologically baseless book ‘Evidence Which Demands a Verdict: How Circular Reasoning in archaeology is Endlessly Proving What we Already Know!”

Has Anyone Done a Comparative Study of Israelite Pottery and Symbolic Meaning?

This tweet made me wonder:

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The Huqoq Elephant Mosaic

Jodi Mageness sends along this happy news-

The Huqoq elephant mosaic has now been published online by National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/mysterious-mosaic-alexander-the-great-israel/

It’s a fantastic and finely illustrated write up!

Sarah Bond’s Fantastic Hour by Hour Reconstruction of the Eruption of Vesuvius (24 Aug, 79 CE)

Pliny the Younger reports that it was in the seventh hour after sunrise (right around noon) on August 24th of 79 CE that his mother pointed out to his uncle, Pliny the Elder, that a cloud of unusual size and shape is appearing.” Pliny the Elder was then stationed at Misenum, serving as the commander of the Roman fleet there. In the hours that would follow, thousands would die in the wake of Vesuvius’ eruption, their bodies sealed beneath a mixture of ash, rocks and pumice. The popular fascination with Pompeii remains today and new digital efforts to map the continuing excavations within the city serve to reveal the daily life of the people and animals who lived and died in the shadow of Vesuvius. The letters of Pliny, the excavations in and around Pompeii, and volcanological evidence now allow us to reconstruct a timeline for the eruption.

Read the whole.

A Festschrift for Yosef Garfinkel

From the Israel Exploration Society

Donkeys!

Or more particularly, a new essay in ZDPV by Aren et al titled The Importance of the Donkey as a Pack Animal in the Early Bronze Age Southern Levant: A View from Tell es Safi / Gath.

In this paper, we review the evidence for the use of the domestic donkey as a mode of transportation in the Early Bronze Age. The study will present the domestic donkey remains (artefactual and zoological) and their archaeological context from the Early Bronze Age III domestic neighborhood at Tell es Safi / Gath. The remains indicate the significant role that donkeys played in the daily life of the inhabitants. This reflects on our understanding of their role in the trade networks and mode of transportation that existed within the emerging urban cultures in the southern Levant during the 3rd mill. B.C.E.

Get a copy. If you don’t have a car, get a donkey to bring it!

Excavate With Eric

At Kabri.

Come dig with us at Tel Kabri this coming summer! When else will you have the opportunity to excavate the oldest and largest wine cellar from the ancient Near East, found in a Canaanite palace more than 3,500 years old which is decorated with Minoan-style floor and wall paintings?

You may even find David’s head!  (Probably not, but wouldn’t it be fun to find a head?)

Don’t feel like digging?  Maybe you feel like giving.  (Yeah, that funding page needs an update for sure.  That’s how much they need your help!)