#1606

2018-02-20

Herod's Royal Winery at Herodion

With Clyde Billington

Once again we’re reviewing the latest news stories about biblical archaeology that have appeared in the digest of the most recent issue of ARTIFAX magazine but haven’t been discussed on the air yet. There are three items in this review. The first involves excavations in the honeycomb of tunnels beneath Herod’s mountain-top fortress/palace at Herodion. Among other things, archaeologists have discovered the remains of Herod’s winery, including wine jars (amphorae) that were imported from Italy. We also discuss the Akra Fortress, on a hilltop that no longer exists just southeast of the Temple Mount. Who leveled the hilltop? Dr. Billington, in his article in ARTIFAX, suggests it was Herod. And finally, the latest news from the renovations in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem a year ago last October, when researchers got their first look at the traditional tomb of Jesus in 500 years. According to analysis of the mortar samples from the site, the oldest construction dates to A.D. 325, exactly when tradition says the Emperor Constantine had the church built.

tags: Temple Mount wine Herodion Akra Fortress Holy Sepulcher

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#1533

2016-07-05

Jerusalem Tunnels

With Scott Stripling

After our discussion of the 2016 Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation season, Scott Stripling went on to tell us about exploring a 2,000-year old drainage tunnel near the Jaffa Gate, which may have connected Herod's palace with the Temple Mount.

tags: Jaffa Gate Herod's Palace Jerusalem Tunnels

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#1280

2011-05-18

Jerusalem Underground

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Underneath Jerusalem is a honeycomb of dark passages. Archaeologists are opening up more and more of them.

tags: Tunnels sewers quarries passages underground City of David Jerusalem

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#1235

2010-07-11

The Sewers of Jerusalem

With Co-host Keith Schoville

New excavations of ancient water tunnels discussed

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