Category Archives: Archaeology

Eric Cline’s Forthcoming Book “Three Stones Make a Wall”

The illustrator of Eric’s new book has a website.  And she’s incredibly talented.

Ancient Advanced Society Discovered in Jordan…

Ok… sounds kind of like the sort of headline followed up by mention of aliens…

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of an advanced society living in the Jordanian desert over 6,000 years ago.

Excavation teams found three ancient, fortified settlements and what may be the earliest evidence of artificial irrigation systems during excavations in the basalt desert of Jordan.

The discovery, made by a German-led team, raises questions about who those in the ancient society were, why they were there, and how they became so advanced for their time.

No aliens so far… Read the rest to see if they crop up…

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:


The Huqoq Elephant Mosaic

Jodi Mageness sends along this happy news-

The Huqoq elephant mosaic has now been published online by National Geographic:

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