With Clyde Billington
It’s catch-up time once again on The Book & The Spade as we review items from the news digest of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine that haven’t been discussed on the radio program yet. Professor Billington, my ARTIFAX co-editor, discusses a large Late Bronze temple excavated this past year at Tel Burna in the Shephelah region. Then we discuss new information on animal sacrifices at the Early Bronze Age temple being excavated at Megiddo, “the most monumental single structure uncovered so far from the Early Bronze Age in the Levant.” And finally, a few words about the most exciting excavation currently underway, the excavation of a massive tomb in northern Greece from the time of Alexander the Great.
With Todd Bolen
A newly discovered water system has been making news in Israel. It's located not far from Jerusalem and Bethlehem and it has some intriguing archaeological features, including proto-aeolic capitals. Proto-aeolic capitals have been associated with Royal Judean construction. On this week's program I discuss the significance of this discovery with Todd Bolen of bibleplaces.com. We also discuss reports that some poorly stored wooden beams seen on the Temple Mount may actually be beams used in the construction of the ancient Jewish temples built by Solomon and Herod.