#1628

2018-09-04

Masada and Tel Shimron

With Clyde Billington

Masada is the most visited national park in Israel and also one of the most important archaeological sites of Israel. In the early 1960s, when Yigael Yadin excavated Masada, it was the first time crowdsourcing was used in archaeology. Yadin invited volunteers to come and work with him, and they did. And ever since, volunteers have been a key component in the institutional archaeological excavations which take place, mostly in the summer, every year. Masada still has secrets to divulge to excavators even now more than a half century later and some of them are reported in the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. Professor Billington and I discuss this report. We also review another article which describes the beginning of a new excavation in the Jezreel Valley, Tel Shimron. This is an ancient city which at times in history apparently outshone it's neighbor across the valley, Tel Megiddo. It will be interesting to see what this excavation reveals in the years ahead.

tags: Herod Masada Yigael Yadin Tel Shimron Garden

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#1579

2017-07-19

Shroud of Turin Research

With Scott Stripling

Shiloh excavation director Scott Stripling, featured in our last two programs, also participated in a research project for the Shroud of Turin during a trip to Israel several months ago. The project involved limestone particles that have been found on the shroud, and a visit to the underground tombs at the Ecole Biblique, which are adjacent to the Garden Tomb.

tags: Tombs Shroud of Turin Ecole Biblique Garden Tomb Tombs. Edit. Ecole Biblique

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#1476

2015-04-21

Visiting the Land of the Bible

With John DeLancey

An interview with Rev. Dr. John DeLancey, co-leader of our Israel tour, at the end of our 2015 Book & The Spade Holyland study tour. The tour took place as we lingered outside the Garden Tomb in East Jerusalem, and we discussed his perspective on visiting the Holyland.

tags: Archaeology tour Holyland Tour Pilgrimage

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#1425

2014-04-24

The Arabian River

With Farouk El-Baz

On the weblog of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the latest Ask An Archaeologist video features Farouk El-Baz, Director of Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing, explaining how remote sensing, or satellite photography, is used in archaeology. As I watched the video, I was reminded of an interview we did with Farouk El-Baz in 1996, 18 years ago. He talked about using satellite photography to discover a river in the Arabian desert, which he tentatively connected to the Garden of Eden.

tags: Remote Sensing Garden of Eden Arabian Desert

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#1424

2014-04-16

Easter in the Holyland - 1990

With Jenny Feldman & David Miller

Originally broadcast on The Book & The Spade in 1990, this Israel Broadcasting Service program takes the listener from Mt. Zion (the scene of the Last Supper), to the Kidron Valley and the Garden of Gethsemane, and then back up ancient streets to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the traditional location of Jesus’ imprisonment before His crucifixion.

tags: The Last Supper Mt. Zion Kidron Garden of Gethsemane Gallicantu

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