Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Excavations at Shiloh

A news report in February stated that Tel Shiloh was to receive $4 million in government and private funding for developing the antiquities site. Recent visits to the site reveal that the money is being spent on several excavation areas, the improvement of paths, and the construction of a new observation platform.

I am especially interested in excavations on the northern side of the site, in the relatively flat area where scholars have speculated that the tabernacle may have once rested.

Shiloh excavations in potential tabernacle area, tb042612724

View from summit of potential area of tabernacle

Shiloh excavations in possible tabernacle area, tb042612731

Excavations on northern side of Shiloh

Shiloh excavations in possible tabernacle area, tb042612732

Excavation square on northern side of Shiloh

Shiloh excavations in possible tabernacle area, tb042612729

Cuttings in bedrock on northern side of Shiloh

Excavations continue on the western side of the tell where they have discovered a Byzantine olive press.

Shiloh excavations on western side, tb042612715

Excavations on western side

Shiloh Byzantine olive press, tb042612748

Olive press from Byzantine period

On top of the summit, work has proceeded since last year on a new viewing deck.

Shiloh new observation platform, tb042612722

Viewing platform under construction, April 2012

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3 Comments:

  • I hope that with the government money, they will remove the overpriced admission fee to enter the site.

    By Blogger David Hansen, at Fri Jun 22, 08:21:00 AM  

  • I have mixed emotions about this. It is an amazing and important site. I visited there in February. I plan to take my next tour group there.

    However…it is so clearly and fully inside Palestinian Authority boundaries that I have a hard time justifying any Israeli settlement there.

    By Blogger Al Sandalow, at Fri Jun 22, 04:28:00 PM  

  • Hi Al,

    What "Palestinian Authority boundaries" are you talking about? This site is in Area C, not Area A.

    Perhaps you mean the boundaries illegally annexed by Jordan following the 1948 war and held until 1967. Does this give the Jordanians greater moral right to the site than Israel?

    Or maybe you're talking about the ancient Israeli settlement there. Is it hard to justify that Samuel and Eli lived there?

    Do you think that a factor in deciding who controls ancient sites should be who protects and preserves them?

    Why should Arabs be allowed to live within a Jewish state but Jews not allowed to live in an Arab state?

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Fri Jun 22, 04:47:00 PM  

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