With Clyde Billington
More stories from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, the Winter 2015 issue, just out. Items include a royal escape tunnel from Iron Age Bethsaida (Geshur), a newly discovered temple of Tuthmosis III - possibly the pharaoh of the oppression, and remains of 8,000-year old olive oil.
With Prof. Rami Arav
In 1996, and during subsequent study tours to Israel, we have visited the ruins of et-Tell, which archaeologist Rami Arav believes was the Bethsaida of the New Testament. Intriguingly, the Iron Age remains at the site seem more extensive than those of the later period. They may be 1,000 years older, and Arav believes the city was the capital of the kingdom of Geshur at that time. Geshur was the home of one of King David's wives, the mother of Absalom. During that 1996 visit I was able to sit down with Rami Arav and talk about his excavations.