Preserving Culture in War, part 2

With Brian Daniels, Corine Wegener

More from Brian Daniels on efforts to preserve the culture of our civilization in the midst of the war in Syria and Iraq, joined by Corine Wegener, relaying her experiences as an Army Reserve officer and a Smithsonian Institute employee.

tags: Iraq Syria Byzantine mosaics

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Preserving Culture in War

With Brian Daniels

War and natural disasters like earthquakes, as destructive as they are, can be a boon for archaeologists centuries later. But the current fighting in Syria and Iraq, in addition to the devastating destruction wreaked on millions of lives, is also threatening the archaeological/cultural/religious resources of the region, which is sometimes called the Cradle of Civilization. In these two programs we begin a discussion on efforts to try to preserve these resources with Brian Daniels, Director of Research and Programs, Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the Penn Museum. Brian is one of the modern Monuments Men, working with a network of archaeologists and museum professionals in the field of disaster risk management.

tags: Iraq Syria ISIS Jonah

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The Silver Hoard of Abel Beth Maacah and Noah's Ark

With Clyde Billington

More items from the news digest of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine. We discuss the silver hoard that was found during the first season of excavations at Abel Beth Maacah, near Dan, in northern Israel. We discuss the crown of thorns relic recently placed on display in Paris. And we discuss the recent discovery of a new version of the Noah’s Ark story in which the boat was actually round.

tags: Abel Beth Maacah Silver Crown of Thorns Louis IX Noah's Ark

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Bethany Beyond the Jordan

With Rustom Mkhjian

This interview is from our 1999 Book & The Spade tour. The PBS program Religion and Ethics News Weekly recently visited Bethany Beyond the Jordan and also interviewed Rustom Mkhjian. Fifteen years later and he’s still there. The site is Wadi Kharrar, along the Jordan River, just across from Jericho, where tradition says John Baptized Jesus. It has also been linked by tradition to Elijah's ascension to heaven.

tags: Jordan Rustom Mkhjian Wadi Kharrar John the Baptist Elijah

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Elisha and the Roman Legion

With Todd Bolen

Two major recent discoveries discussed on this program, a house connected to “Elisha” excavated at Tel Rehov in the Jordan River Valley, and the base of the Roman Legion in the Galilee, excavated near Megiddo. Todd Bolen of Bibleplaces.com joins me to discuss these discoveries and their significance for Biblical Archaeology.

tags: Megiddo Elisha prophet Tel Rehov Roman Legion

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