#1571

2017-05-26

Solomon's Donkey Dung and Dan Wall Fall

With Clyde Billington

Two of the top archaeology news stories in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine concern the dating of copper mining operations at Timna through ancient donkey dung and the collapse of the wall near the Iron Age Gate at Dan following recent rainfall. These stories and more from the latest issue of ARTIFAX are discussed with my ARTIFAX co-editor, professor Clyde Billington.

tags: Solomon Dan Bronze Copper Donkey dung Mining rain Timna

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#1528

2016-06-01

Proverbs 31 Woman and Ancient Fabric

With Clyde Billington

The 2600-year old seal of a woman of Jerusalem was recently found in the Givati Car Park archaeological excavation, which prompted the first part of the discussion on this program. We also discussed ancient fabrics and ancient seeds found in another excavation at Timna, and what they may be able to tell us about life in biblical times. Our final item was a comparative test of survey archaeology methods: walking the field vs. satellite archaeology.

tags: Seal Survey Archaeology fabric seeds

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#1457

2014-12-10

Sheshonq's Scarab

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.”

tags: Solomon copper mines games ivory Sheshonq

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