With Prof. Keith Schoville
The human tragedies in the midst of the ongoing political problems in the Middle East are multitudinous. The children of the region have little hope that conditions will improve by the time they are adults. But in the midst of it all, there are archaeological tragedies too. On this program we review recent articles discussing the archaeological ruins that are threatened in Gaza, as well as the sordid story of unsupervised excavation on the Temple Mount. The Muslim Wakf appear to continue their campaign to erase the archaeological history of the sacred esplanade, one of the holiest and most sensitive locations on earth.
With Prof. Daniel Master
Rockets were flying from Gaza aimed at Ashkelon in recent weeks. It’s quiet now and we took the opportunity for an archaeological update from Daniel Master, Professor of Archaeology at Wheaton College and currently the field director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, which has been actively uncovering the ancient history of this site since 1985. Ashkelon has a rich history, dating from the Canaanites to the Crusaders. It’s the home of the oldest arched city gate in the world (pictured), the largest dog cemetery in the world, and the Philistine city visited by Samson when he needed to pick up 30 suits of clothes to settle a wager that he lost during his wedding.