Jezreel Valley Regional Project Update

With Matthew Adams

In the flat farm fields between the archaeological tel of Megiddo and the Megiddo prison a mile away lie the remains for the only major Roman Legion base known in the eastern Roman empire. Inside the prison itself, archaeologists have discovered the remains of a second century Christian prayer house, one of the earliest known Christian worship buildings. Matthew Adams, director of the Albright Institute in Jerusalem, fills us in on the latest details of the excavations that are part of the Jezreel Valley Project, and what will be happening when the prison is decommissioned and moved, by order of the Israel Supreme Court.

tags: Megiddo Roman Legion Legio prison Prayer house

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Masada and Tel Shimron

With Clyde Billington

Masada is the most visited national park in Israel and also one of the most important archaeological sites of Israel. In the early 1960s, when Yigael Yadin excavated Masada, it was the first time crowdsourcing was used in archaeology. Yadin invited volunteers to come and work with him, and they did. And ever since, volunteers have been a key component in the institutional archaeological excavations which take place, mostly in the summer, every year. Masada still has secrets to divulge to excavators even now more than a half century later and some of them are reported in the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. Professor Billington and I discuss this report. We also review another article which describes the beginning of a new excavation in the Jezreel Valley, Tel Shimron. This is an ancient city which at times in history apparently outshone it's neighbor across the valley, Tel Megiddo. It will be interesting to see what this excavation reveals in the years ahead.

tags: Herod Masada Yigael Yadin Tel Shimron Garden

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2014 Dig Plans, part 2

With Todd Bolen

More on the institutional excavations planned for 2014, from Akko to Tel Megiddo, including Tel Burna, Tel Gezer, Tel Hazor, and Tel Jezreel.

tags: Akko Gezer Megiddo Hazor Jezreel Tel Burna

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The Jezreel Valley Regional Project

With Matthew Adams

Following up on our conversation on the Megiddo East Project, a new excavation that's begun across the highway to the east of tel Megiddo, we widen the scope to discuss the wider Jezreel Valley Regional Project. Through this projet, Matthew Adams and his team are coordinating the many archaeological projects that have taken place in the valley over the years, and those that are planned in the future.

tags: Valley Megiddo Jezreel

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Jezreel, Jezebel, and Naboth's Vineyard, part 2

With Jennie Ebeling

Excavations have resumed at Tel Jezreel, the home away from home for Ahab and Jezebel, after a 15-year hiatus. Jennie Ebeling of Evansville University is co-director of the new excavation and fills us in on what they found during their first dig season this summer. One of the finds, one of the largest winepresses ever discovered in Israel.

tags: Jezreel Ahab Jezebel Naboth Jennie Ebeling

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