#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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#1588

2017-09-19

Redating the Gihon Tower/Destruction of the Temple

With Clyde Billington

The construction of a tower guarding the Gihon spring in Jerusalem has been redated by about 1,000 years. The significance of this redating is discussed, along with archaeological remnants of the destruction of the Jewish Temple, first by the Babylonians and then by the Romans, both on the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av, 650 years apart.

tags: Jerusalem Temple Hezekiah's Tunnel Tish B'Av Gihon spring

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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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#1467

2015-02-17

Geshur, Tuthmosis III, and Ancient Olive Oil

With Clyde Billington

More stories from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, the Winter 2015 issue, just out. Items include a royal escape tunnel from Iron Age Bethsaida (Geshur), a newly discovered temple of Tuthmosis III - possibly the pharaoh of the oppression, and remains of 8,000-year old olive oil.

tags: Bethsaida Geshur Exodus Tuthmosis III Olive Oil Ein Zippori

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#1430

2014-05-28

The City of David

With Todd Bolen

The City of David area of Jerusalem has become must see territory for Christian pilgrims in recent years, following all of the recent archaeology that has been done there. In addition, a lot of work has been done to make the finds easily accessible to visitors.A lot of what can be seen there is underground.

tags: Hezekiah's Tunnel Warren's Shaft Pool of Siloam

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