#1638

2018-12-04

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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#1636

2018-11-22

Beit Lehi, Jordan Valley Camps, and Jerusalem Cable Car

With Clyde Billington

More news items from the Autumn issue of ARTIFAX, starting with the excavation at Beit Lehi, "the house of the jawbone." Lots of inscriptions in caves at this site, 60 miles SW of Jerusalem, lots of Hellenistic remains, a Byzantine church and one of the earliest Muslim mosques in Israel. Excavations of stone structures in the Jordan Valley, first identified by Adam Zertal, now continuing under a new archaeological team. Zertal suggested that these structures may have been corrals for early Israelites, who lived in tents, and possible evidence for the Exodus. A cable car plan is being discussed that is generating some controversy. The cable car would cross the Hinnom Valley to Mt. Zion and end at the Dung Gate of the old city.

tags: inscriptions Church Jerusalem Mt. Zion Exodus Israelites Beit Lehi Shephelah Hellenistic period mosque Jordan Valley Cable Car Dung Gate

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#1628

2018-09-04

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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#1494

2015-09-01

Megiddo and Sinai Forts

With Clyde Billington

Another review of some of the latest digest items on from the summer 2015 dig season, from ARTIFAX magazine with co-editor, professor Clyde Billington. We discuss the Roman Legion fort that has been excavated across the road from Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley, the Sinai fort that was used by Thutmose III, Amenhotep II, and Necho II. We also talk about the British Museum excavations that have been taking place in Sidon

tags: Sidon Megiddo Amenhotep II Sinai

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#1428

2014-05-15

Egyptian Coffin and James Ossuary

With Clyde Billington

The latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine is out and we need to catch up on some news items with my co-editor, professor Clyde Billington. The cover story covers the discovery of a unique Egyptian style coffin found in the Jezreel Valley. We also discuss a new geological perspective on the authenticity of the controversial James Ossuary, the bone box that may have held the earthly remains of Jesus’ brother. Our final news item concerns some discoveries made along side the road in two locations in Israel’s Shephelah, including a 6,000 year-old temple.

tags: James Ossuary Egyptian coffin Bronze Age Temple Jezreel Valley ARTIFAX

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