This might be the first blog dealing specifically with a single archaeological excavation in Israel. If they post regularly, it could prove to be interesting. Someone might want to work on the name. I’m not quite sure how it can be both The Official and Unofficial Weblog of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project. If the excavation director is posting (and he is), it’s official.
Reports are just now surfacing that last month police found pieces of a mosaic floor from an ancient synagogue in an Arab car. The mosaic includes a menorah, palm branch (lulav), and an inscription which says “Peace on Israel.” The mosiac measures 2 x 3 feet and is believed to be from a 7th century A.D. synagogue in the area of Ramallah (vicinity of ancient Bethel). The thieves were arrested and so far have not divulged the location of the find. More information about the discovery is at Arutz-7, Jerusalem Newswire (but Ramallah is not ancient Ramah), and the AP. The graphic at right is from Arutz-7.