#1634

2018-11-06

American Veterans Archaeological Recovery at Beit Shearim

With Stephen Humphreys

In honor of Veterans Day, a program focusing on a unique program that connects U.S. military veterans with archaeological projects. Stephen Humphreys is a veteran who has begun this program that, last summer, sent a team of volunteers to excavate at Beit Shearim in Israel.

tags: veterans military voluteers excavators Beit Shearim

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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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#1432

2014-06-11

Khirbet el-Maqatir, 2014

With Scott Stripling

It started as a humble little excavation out in a field north of Jerusalem almost 20 years ago, and this year it's one of the largest digs in Israel. At least that's what Scott Stripling told us as we got an update on the 2014 excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, the site the excavators believe might be Joshua's Ai. That's the city conquered by the Israelites after their defeat of Jericho. Interestingly, the remains of a New Testament first century city have become prominent in the excavation over the last few years. Could it be Ephraim, a city mentioned in the gospel of John? Lots to talk about as we get the report on the just-concluded excavation season.

tags: scarab Ai Khirbet el-Maqatir Ephraim

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