Saturday, April 13, 2013

Weekend Roundup

A sonar survey has identified a large stone structure on the floor of the Sea of Galilee. It may be related to the contemporary third-millennium BC site of nearby Beth Yerah (Khirbet Kerak). The scientific article includes illustrations.

Archaeologists have discovered a port on the Red Sea from the time of Pharaoh Cheops.

Admission to the Israel Museum is free on Independence Day, April 16.

Sharks are rare in the Mediterranean Sea but not in the Red Sea. One came close to swimmers in Eilat last week.

Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, has inaugurated its Archaeology Museum Gallery.

If Israel was ever mapped out on the game of Monopoly, Megiddo would be Boardwalk.

Kyle Pope has written a good article on “The Hinnom Valley and Jesus’ Teaching on Final Punishment.” Barry Britnell shares a photo of the valley.

Details for volunteers for this summer’s dig at Tel Burna are now available. Apply before May 1.

zmetro has four 360-degree panoramas of Laodicea. The excavators and restorers are making great progress at the site.

HT: Charles Savelle, Tony Lawrence, Jack Sasson, Joseph Lauer


Stone structure under the Sea of Galilee
Illustration by Shmuel Marco

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  • I first went to Laodicea in 1999 and there was almost nothing excavated. I've been there three times since and the progress is amazing. In fact, I was there in 2010 and from these pictures there has been some great progress.

    Does anyone know what structure is under that glass?

    By Blogger Al Sandalow, at Sat Apr 13, 09:49:00 AM  

  • Todd, that port was known about since 1823- see
    Also, do you have any information about the fate of Tell el-Kheleifeh? Its four-chambered gate seems to have been destroyed by Jordanian construction.

    By Blogger pithom, at Sat Apr 13, 02:04:00 PM  

  • The structure with the glass floor is a Temple - possibly dedicated to Zeus, with a subterranean chamber possible dedicated to the mother goddess Cybele (like the temple at Aizanoi). In the subterranean chamber (under the glass) there are engraved columns that do not show up clearly in the pictures.

    By OpenID holylandphotos, at Sun Apr 14, 01:08:00 AM  

  • Pithom - thank you for the information.

    I do not know anything about el-Kheleifeh. I have not been able to visit the site because of its proximity to the Israeli border.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Fri Apr 19, 04:28:00 PM  

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