With Clyde Billington
Professor Clyde Billington, the new president of the Near East Archaeological Society and fellow editor of ARTIFAX magazine, joins me to discuss some of the news items from the latest issue of ARTIFAX. Our discussion includes this summer's excavation of a palace from the time of Solomon at Tel Gezer, the discovery of the cave that may have been the source of the water/wine containers present at the wedding in Cana attended by Jesus and his disciples, the results of the excavations in the priestly quarter of first century Jerusalem, and a possible gem from the Jewish High Priest's ephod.
With Todd Bolen
More looks ahead to the planned institutional excavations of 2016, what’s happening in biblical archaeology, and what has been happened in the past couple years. A number of excavations have started just in the last few years so there will continue to be a lot of work to do. And you never know what’s going to turn up.
With Clyde Billington
More discoveries reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine reviewed on this program, including the recently announced scarab of Sheshonq, the Egyptian pharaoh who raided through Judah and took all of Solomon’s gold out of the Jerusalem temple. His scarab was found in 2006 at a copper production facility in Jordan. We continue with a discussion of research at another nearby copper facility in Israel at Timna and what has been learned about the men who worked there. We discuss the oldest metal object ever found in the Middle East, an awl at Tel Tsaf, also found several years ago but just recently announced. And finally, the discovery of an ivory game board at an area of the Tel Gezer excavation that’s been dubbed “Solomon’s casino.”
With Sam Wolff
Sam Wolff, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority, co-directs the excavations at Tel Gezer (with co-director Steve Ortiz of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary). He gives a status report on one of the three current excavations at Gezer, which is aimed at clarifying the dating of the Iron Age Gate. (The other two are the survey excavation in the area around Gezer, and the excavation of the Gezer water system.) Sam reports the excavations in 2013 are expected to reach the target levels.