Sunday, October 31, 2010

Weekend Roundup

Parts of Caesarea are in danger of being destroyed by the erosion caused by ocean waves, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.  At risk is the port, the restaurants, and the sand on the beach.  Officials would like $15 million to protect the site.

Ancient gardens at Ramat Rahel are profiled in a recent article at ScienceBlog.

UNESCO has issued a report which refers to “Rachel’s Tomb” as a mosque.  Israel’s prime minister disagrees.

A couple of archaeologists are lecturing at Queen’s College in New York in November.  Eric Meyers is speaking on the “Origins of Nabratein’s Synagogue” on the 3rd.  Jodi Magness’ topic on the 9th is “Ancient Synagogues: Their Origins and Paradox.”

Anson Rainey will be lecturing on the “Ancient Hebrew Language: Recent Trends in Research” on November 29 in Fort Worth.

Female visitors to Egypt now have some electronic assistance in avoiding the ubiquitous sexual harassment.

A bill in the Knesset may eliminate nearly all hunting in Israel.

More has been published about the untimely death of Ehud Netzer, including this article in Haaretz.

HT: Joe Lauer



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