Weekend Roundup, Part 3
Gordon Govier lists his top 10 discoveries in biblical archaeology in 2016.
Haaretz provides a list of the best archaeological finds in Israel in 2016.
Brandon Marlon writes about 18 interesting sites that most tourists to Israel miss.
ASOR is offering a free e-book of the “5 Most Popular Biblical Archaeology Articles from The Ancient Near East Today” to subscribers to the weekly newsletter.
Recent excavations in Paphos, Cyprus, have discovered fortifications and a thick layer of crushed murex shells. “Team leader Maria Iacovou noted that this is the first time that archaeological evidence for the production of the highly valued purple dye from murex shells has been found in Cyprus.”
A marble sculpture of a Roman noblewoman was discovered by a farmer in Crete following a recent storm.
Twelve tombs from the 18th Dynasty have been discovered in Gebel el Silsila.
A study of a toy Roman chariot reveals that ancient charioteers affixed an iron strip to the right wheel in order to improve their chances of winning.
As tourism in Egypt continues its lull, officials are trying new ways to attract visitors.
There is only one archaeobotanist in Egypt, but he is hoping this will change.
Ongoing work at Laodicea has uncovered the sacred agora.
Robert Alter will be lecturing in Nashville on January 30.
The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society has a lecture series scheduled for the coming months.
HT: Ted Weis, Agade, Joseph Lauer, Explorator, Paleojudaica