#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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#1424

2014-04-16

Easter in the Holyland - 1990

With Jenny Feldman & David Miller

Originally broadcast on The Book & The Spade in 1990, this Israel Broadcasting Service program takes the listener from Mt. Zion (the scene of the Last Supper), to the Kidron Valley and the Garden of Gethsemane, and then back up ancient streets to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the traditional location of Jesus’ imprisonment before His crucifixion.

tags: The Last Supper Mt. Zion Kidron Garden of Gethsemane Gallicantu

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#1397

2013-10-09

Discovering Dalmanutha

With Prof. Ken Dark

In the same spirit as the Jezreel Valley Regional Project discussed by Matthew Adams a few weeks ago, Professor Ken Dark of the University of Reading Research Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies is working on a landscape study of the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, particular the Plain of Ginosar or Genneserat, along the northwest shore. While surveying that landscape in 2012 he discovered the remains of a previously unidentified village. Based on a few biblical clues from the gospels, he’s suggested that the site may be Dalmanutha, the place to which Jesus retired after the feeding of the 4,000 in the gospel of Marka (not to be confused with the feeding of the 5,000). .

tags: Ginosar Survey Archaeology Sea of Galilee Genneserat

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