#1684

2019-11-01

Finding Emmaus

With Clyde Billington

One of the elusive sites of biblical archaeology is Emmaus, the destination of the two disciples, when they were joined by the resurrected Jesus (Luke 24:13). Several sites have been proposed but now archaeologist Israel Finkelstein believes he has found evidence that supports the site where he is digging, Kiriath Jearim. That's one of the leading stories in our news digest in the latest issue of our biblical archaeology news magazine ARTIFAX, and one of the topics in this week's discussion with prof. Clyde Billington, my co-editor. We also discuss results of investigations into Bronze Age copper mining and smelting at the Arava sites of Timna and Faynan, and what that tells us about the biblical world of three millenia ago, and the accuracy of the biblical account. Tin used in smelting Copper to make Bronze came all the way from England.

tags: Kiriath Jearim Timna Phoenicians Edomites Emmaus Faynan Tin England

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#1676

2019-09-04

State Formation in the 10th Century BC, part 2

With Jimmy Hardin

A recent conference allowed archaeologists to hear about the latest research into one of the most important periods in the history of Israel, the 10th century BC. A number of archaeologists are focused on this period -- the time of the biblical kings Saul, David, and Solomon -- and excavating sites along the border between Israel and the Philistines. One of those archaeologists is Jimmy Hardin, director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University. He is one of the excavators of Khirbet Summeily, a border site which is part of the Hesi Regional Project. In this interview, we talk about why the 10th century BC is such a critical period, and what's going on there.

tags: Philistines Iron Age Solomon David Bronze Age Copper

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#1650

2019-02-26

A Visit to Tel Gezer

With John DeLancey

John DeLancey was a volunteer at the Bronze Age Gate excavation, which was digging the ancient Canaanite water system among other things. On this program (from last May's Israel tour), John orients us to the site and gives us his personal insights on the archaeology that has taken place at Tel Gezer, one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel.

tags: Water System Tel Gezer pendant Shephelah Via Maris gate

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#1640

2018-12-18

Ancient Copper Mines of Timna Park

With Tali Erickson-Gini

Every Hanukkah for the past eight years, the public has been invited to Timna Park in far southern Israel to engage in archaeology. The remains of ancient Egyptian copper mines are located in the park, dated to the 12-13th century BC. Dr. Erickson-Gini discusses this unique archaeological opportunity and what's been found at Timna Park.

tags: Egypt copper mines Bronze slag volunteer archaeologists

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#1603

2018-01-17

Remembering Lawrence Stager

With Exavator of Ashkelon

Lawrence Stager was one of the pre-eminent American scholars in Biblical Archaeology. He was the Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum. He passed away at the end of 2017, just seven days short of his 75th birthday. His most enduring legacy will be the Leon Levy expedition to Ashkelon, which he began in 1985 and directed until it ended in 2016. We did a phone interview in 1992 with professor Stager in which he gave a status report on the Ashkelon excavation, including the discovery of a Middle Bronze Age mud brick gate, the oldest such gate in the world. He also lamented the recent death of one of his most capable protege's, Douglas Esse, who had lost a battle with cancer.

tags: Philistines Ashkelon Harvard Lawrence Stager

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