Weekend Roundup, Part 1
The Israel Antiquities Authority uncovered a farmhouse from 700 BC and a Byzantine church near biblical Aphek. High-res photos and a video are available for download. The story is reported by The Times of Israel.
An ancient aqueduct has been discovered at Ein Hatzeva.
Israel’s Supreme Court has issued a ruling which will require antiquities dealers to maintain a detailed online inventory.
Scholars are using laser-scanning to create 3-D records of archaeological sites in Iraq that are vulnerable.
Israel’s National Parks Authority plans to turn Tel Ashdod into a national park.
A $287 million USAID project in Jordan conducted a thorough environmental impact report for the construction of a wind farm and yet failed to identify portions of the Via Nova Trajana that would be destroyed.
Was Herod a hero? Alexander Stewart evaluates some recent biographies that provide a more positive spin while at the same time denying Matthew’s account of the slaughter of the innocents.
Congratulations to Chris McKinny on the publication of My People As Your People: A Textual and Archaeological Analysis of the Reign of Jehoshaphat, published by Peter Lang.