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

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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.

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24/08/2016 at 7:42 am

A Festschrift for Yosef Garfinkel

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From the Israel Exploration Society

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24/08/2016 at 7:37 am


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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!

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22/08/2016 at 8:04 am

Excavate With Eric

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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!)

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20/08/2016 at 12:42 pm

Khirbet Qumrân et Aïn Feshkha: Fouilles du P. Roland de Vaux.

9783525540541Jean-Baptiste Humbert OP (Hg.), Khirbet Qumrân et Aïn Feshkha: Fouilles du P. Roland de Vaux.  The front matter and TOC (and a very cool photo of de Vaux) are all available here.  V&R have once again shown exceptional kindness and sent along a copy for review.  More anon.

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26/07/2016 at 4:45 pm

The Philistine Cemetery

It’s all over the news.  The best report so far is by the BBC.

The discovery, made in 2013 and finally revealed on Sunday, may yield answers to an enduring mystery surrounding the origins of the Philistines.  It comes at the end of a 30-year excavation by the Leon Levy Expedition.  Expedition leaders say they discovered 145 sets of remains in several burial rooms, some surrounded by perfume, food, jewellery and weapons.  The remains date to between the 11th and the 8th centuries BC.

Etc.  Enjoy.

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11/07/2016 at 7:45 am

A New Essay by Israel Finkelstein

Does Rehob in the Beth-shean Valley appear in the Bible,  has just appeared in Biblische Notizen.

Abstract: Rehob in the Beth-shean Valley was a center of a Late Bronze city-state and is later mentioned in the Sheshonq I list. Tel Rehov is one of the most prominent Bronze and Iron Ages sites in Canaan / Israel. Yet, according to the conventional wisdom Rehob is not mentioned in the Bible. Here I suggest that Rehob of 2Sam 10:6, 8 refers to the town in the Beth-shean Valley. I also propose to view these verses and the tradition regarding Hadadezer king of Zobah in 2Sam 8:3, 5, 12; 1Kgs 11:23 as a case in biblical historiography, in which the author created a story from separate “memories”, that originated from different centuries.

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08/07/2016 at 10:31 am


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