Saturday, March 01, 2014

Weekend Roundup

The Rogueclassicist finds plenty to be suspicious of in the discovery of the “Apollo of Gaza” – Part I, Ia, and Ib.

Can the Jordan River Be Saved? National Geographic asks the question in light of the increased demands caused by the Syrian civil war.

Oded Golan has another ossuary that André Lemaire considers more significant than the James Ossuary.

Japanese archaeologists have discovered a tomb in Luxor dating to 1200 BC.

The Jerusalem Post runs a travel article on Tiberias and some of the new attractions in the area.

G. M. Grena reports on a recent conference where Gabriel Barkay gave four lectures on the history and archaeology of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem’s geography can relieve your doubts – if you understand it.

Registration is now open for this year’s season at Tel Burna.

The city of Jerusalem plans to make life easier for tourists by giving English lessons to taxi drivers.

I’m on The Book and the Spade this week talking with Gordon Govier about the Iron Age water tunnel discovered near Jerusalem and some wooden temple beams that may go back to Solomon’s temple. (Direct link to mp3 here.)

HT: Charles Savelle, Jack Sasson

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2 Comments:

  • Todd, Regarding the Iron Age water tunnel, please consider it is possible that the Proto-aeolic capital there is older than the tunnel system associated with it. The "finest" Proto-aeolic capital was found in Jerusalem and it may well date to the 10th century. Because it was not found in situ, it was dated by comparison to the Ramat Rahel capitals. This is a case of using copies to date the original. This capital could be attributed to Absalom.
    Hezekiah no doubt left his mark on this place, but Absalom and Melchizedek may have beat him to it!

    By OpenID A B Chrysler, at Mon Mar 03, 08:15:00 AM  

  • Thanks, A B. I certainly agree that we must always keep in mind the basis for our dating and recognize when it is based on very limited evidence. Perhaps this can be attributed to Absalom, though it seems to me that a dozen other individuals would qualify equally.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Mon Mar 03, 08:54:00 AM  

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