With Scott Stripling
Originally begun to test a theory about the location of the city of Ai from Joshua 7-8, Khirbet el-Maqatir has now developed into a multi-dimensional site with remains from almost a half dozen eras. It's the largest excavation in Israel in terms of manpower. Again this year Scott Stripling fills us in on the discoveries and developments of their 3-week season, including another Egyptian scarab, for the third year in a row.
With Clyde Billington
More discoveries reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine reviewed on this program, including the recently announced scarab of Sheshonq, the Egyptian pharaoh who raided through Judah and took all of Solomon’s gold out of the Jerusalem temple. His scarab was found in 2006 at a copper production facility in Jordan. We continue with a discussion of research at another nearby copper facility in Israel at Timna and what has been learned about the men who worked there. We discuss the oldest metal object ever found in the Middle East, an awl at Tel Tsaf, also found several years ago but just recently announced. And finally, the discovery of an ivory game board at an area of the Tel Gezer excavation that’s been dubbed “Solomon’s casino.”
With Prof. Clyde Billington
The latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine has, on its cover, a photo of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, which is a half block away from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and has its own unique history. The magazine has an article by Tom Powers, discussing the latest archaeology under the church. On this program professor Clyde Billington, my co-editor of ARTIFAX, discusses with me this item and two other news developments that are covered in this issue. The other two are the discovery of an Egyptian scarab in the City of David area of Jerusalem, and the discovery of a Greek warrior’s helmet in Haifa Bay.