#1596

2017-11-16

Jerusalem's Roman Theater

With Clyde Billington

More stories from the news digest of the Autumn issue of ARTIFAX magazine, including the cover story on the discovery of the first Roman theater ever found in Jerusalem. Although Josephus mentions a Roman theater in Jerusalem in the first century, this new discovery is apparently not that theater, for reasons discussed on the program. This is a very small theater and may have been used for governing purposes, rather than entertainment. Other topics discussed on this program include the discovery of a Byzantine era mosaic at the Damascus Gate with a connection to the famous Nea Church built by the Emperor Justinian, and the discovery of bullae (clay seal impressions) from the First Temple Period.

tags: Jerusalem Damascus Gate Byzantine Western Wall Roman theater bullae Odeon Bouletarion Mosaic Nea Church Constantine Justinian First Temple Period

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#1347

2012-09-14

First Temple Period Cistern

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It’s been a bountiful excavation season this summer in Israel, and one of the most exciting discoveries occurred at the end of the season, after most of the institutional excavations ended. The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of a cistern from the First Temple Period, the time of the kings of Judah. The cistern is located at the Southwest corner of the Temple Mount, underneath Robinson’s Arch, a first century Herodian Street, and a drainage channel under the street. Down below all of those levels, a large community cistern was discovered when a worker noticed a loose paver and decided to see what was underneath.

tags: Jerusalem Temple Mount Cistern

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#1345

2012-08-29

Temple Mount Archaeology 2012

With Prof. Clyde Billington

Lots of additional exciting discoveries reported in the summer issue of ARTIFAX magazine, including a number with connections to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. With prof. Clyde Billington, the discussion covers new information about early 20th century excavations on the Temple Mount, new information about the depiction of the Temple menorah in the Arch of Titus in Rome, as well as a First Temple period seal and bulla that were both found near the Temple Mount in recent months.

tags: Temple Mount Bethlehem Seal Arch of Titus Temple Menorah Bulla

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