#1563

2017-03-22

Hyrcanus Inscription and The Thinker

With Clyde Billington

More stories from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, including inscriptions that name a newly discovered Roman governor of ancient Judea, and that connect to the ruling family of the Hasmonean period. An inscription naming Gargilius Antiquus was found in the harbor of Dor, indicating that he was probably the governor of the Roman province of Judea when the second Jewish revolt broke out. An inscription, "Hyrcanus," was found in the massive Givati Parking Lot excavation just outside the walls of Jerusalem. It is probably one or the other John Hyrcanus, from the Hasmonean lineage of the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. "The Thinker" is the name given to the figure of a man found sitting atop a pot dating to around 1800 BC, the patriarchal period. The man is shown deep in thought. And finally mention of some of the finds from last summer's Gezer excavation

tags: Gezer Gargilius Dor Roman governor Hyrcanus Hasmonean Givati parking lot thinker pendant Bronze Age gate

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#1412

2014-01-22

InterTestamental Bethsaida

With Rami Arav

Population changes that occurred in Bethsaida and other Galilee cities in the interTestamental period resulted in, among other things, the family of Jesus moving from Bethlehem to Nazareth. An interesting sidelight to this discussion of the history of the Bethsaida excavation.

tags: Bethsaida Herod Tyre Hasmoneans

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#1317

2012-02-16

Pollen Detectives at Ramat Rachel

With Patrick Geyer

Tel Aviv University archaeologists worked with an archaeobotanist to find ancient pollen preserved in the plaster of ancient walls, to determine what plants were planted in a royal garden at Ramat Rachel, the site of a palace of the Judean Kings from Hezekiah through the Hasmonean period. The second part of this program is a 1996 interview with palynologist Patrick Geyer of the University of San Diego, on how he does his pollen research at Bethsaida and other sites.

tags: Pollen Ramat Rachel Bethsaida Patrick Geyer

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#1158

2009-01-11

City of David water tunnel, archer seal

With Co-host Keith Schoville

Recent finds also include Temple tax coin and Hasmonean Wall

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