The suggestion that el-Araj could be New Testament Bethsaida received lots of media attention, not all accurate. I’d recommend this report by Jeffrey Garcia and Steven Notley at the CSAJCO website.
An on-site interview with archaeologist Mordechai Aviam is posted at CBN’s Facebook page. The Today show sent a correspondent to the site. National Geographic sets some of the record straight. The Times of Israel looks at the two sites laying claim to the name of Bethsaida.
The Abel Beth Maacah team shares a photo album from the 2017 season.
Nadav Na’aman argues that Khirbet Qeiyafa was not a Judahite city in a recent article in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
Authorities are planning to stop the flow of sewage down the Kidron Valley.
The Wall Street Journal (subscription req’d) traces the path in which ISIS looted artifacts make their way out of the Middle East.
“Researchers have unearthed a 1,800-year-old writing tool, or stylus, at the Assos archeological site in northwestern Turkey.”
Excavations at Carchemish have uncovered 250 Hittite bullae this year.
Excavators at Tell Tayinat found fragments of a large female statue at the citadel gate complex.
Now online: Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities’ Newsletter for July 2017.
Wayne Stiles considers the strategic value of the International Highway (aka Via Maris).
Ferrell Jenkins shares a couple of beautiful photos of ibex at En Gedi and Ein Avdat.
Leon Mauldin explains the location and importance of Akeldama, the Field of Blood.
Cynthia Shafer-Elliott is on the Book and the Spade discussing “Canaanite DNA” and her excavation work at Tel Halif.
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