The Shephelah is a great place to live. The ancients knew it and now modern people are catching on. That’s bad for those who care about the preservations of ancient sites, as Luke Chandler explains in his well-illustrated post, Khirbet Qeiyafa to be Enveloped by City Expansion.
Beth Shean—A Place for Happy Explorers: Check out the photos, the video, and the city’s lingering lesson.
“Huge flocks of synchronized starlings that appear like a black cloud returned to Israel last year for the first time in 20 years.” This free Haaretz article includes impressive photos.
Jerusalem Online has a 4-minute video on The Search for Herod’s Grave. You can read the transcript at the same link.
The ancient Corinthians liked to feast, a fact confirmed by the recent excavation of more than 100,000 bones excavated in the abandoned theater.
The Guardian reports on Turkey’s on-going efforts to blackmail museums around the world.
For more, check out the Archaeology Weekly Roundup at the ASOR Blog.
HT: Joseph Lauer, Jack Sasson
Beth Shean aerial from northeast.
Photo from Samaria and the Center.