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A new agreement between Israel’s Finance Ministry and the Israel Antiquities Authority will speed up rescue excavations by allowing private companies to bid on carrying out the excavations.
Following the discovery of a Roman bathhouse in Amman, authorities have to decide whether to preserve the antiquities or construct the planned drainage channel.
Egypt has completed the restoration of a temple of Isis in Aswan.
A limestone relief from the Late Period was illegally excavated, stolen, smuggled out of Egypt, tracked through the internet, recovered in New York, and repatriated.
Examination of elephant tusk DNA found on a shipwreck reveals the impact of ivory trade on elephant herds in Africa.
An Achaemenid pedestal and base was discovered in a garden near Persepolis.
“Underwater excavation, borehole drilling, and modelling suggests a massive paleo-tsunami struck near the ancient settlement of Tel Dor between 9,910 to 9,290 years ago.”
Ariel David looks at how the Israelites went from being a people who worshipped idols to a people who did not (Haaretz premium).
Haaretz runs a story on a recent documentary that presents Israel Finkelstein’s views of Kiriath Jearim and how it rewrites biblical history.
Amanda Borschel-Dan provides a review of her 2020 articles “broken down into studies of provenance; who wrote the Bible and on what; how “pure science” is aiding archaeologists confirm historical events; and a number of “firsts” from deep in pre-history.”
Ken Dark clarifies his views about the house in the church crypt in Nazareth, noting that while the Byzantines believed they had found the childhood home of Jesus, there is no way to prove that.
‘Atiqot 101 (2020) is now online, including articles on an ancient pool next to the Pool of Siloam in the City of David.
The Met’s Imaging Department has created a short video showing the interior of a 19th-century model of Solomon’s temple.
HT: Agade, Explorator, Ted Weis, Arne Halbakken, Paleojudaica