Here’s a fun video about the new Herodian quarry.  The maker is a cameraman of a more serious production crew, but he made a fun 7-minute video that gives you a good idea of the quarry’s size. 

The archaeologist, Jon Seligman, is on-site to give a good explanation. 

Some videos made by SourceFlix Productions are recommended, including:

The Beehives of Tel Rehov – includes an interview with archaeologist Amihai Mazar on location.

First Century Tomb – includes an interview with Shimon Gibson inside an ancient tomb.

Temple Mount Desecration – Gabriel Barkay explains and the video shows why this matters.

If you get tired of hearing archaeologists, you can watch the team’s two-minute “light-hearted” video. 

Looks like they’re having a good time!


A friend sends along some interesting news articles:

Archaeologists found evidence that bas reliefs and cunieform letters were painted in the Achaemenid royal tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam in Iran. Among these is the tomb of Darius the Great.

Renovations of a mosque at Luxor revealed architectural elements of an earlier temple of Ramesses II.

The Japanese have obtained permission to renew excavations of (the Turkish part of) Karkemish (aka Carchemish). They have to clear some mine fields, and work is expected to begin in a year-and-a-half.


Eric Cline has a good op-ed on “biblical archaeologists” who are frauds.  Entitled “Raiders of the faux ark,” the Boston Globe piece exposes some of the “discoveries” made by guys with no archaeological training whatsoever.  It’s not only worthwhile to expose such “scholarship” for what it is (and Cline does this more thoroughly in his recent book, From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible), but he avoids making a mistake that many do – lumping all religious scholars in with the nut cases.  The article in full is worth reading, but here is an important paragraph:

Religious archeologists and secular archeologists frequently work side by side in the Holy Land. Among the top ranks of researchers, there are evangelical Christians, orthodox Jews, and people of many denominations. It is not religious views that are the issue here; it is whether good science is being done. Biblical archeology is a field in which people of good will, and all religions, can join under the banner of the scientific process.

From reviews I’ve read, I think I would find more to disagree with in his book than in this article.  A couple of evangelical writers are working on a book debunking some of the “amazing discoveries” made in the last few decades and I’ll mention it here when that gets closer to publication.


One of the most important events in the 20th century was the birth of the State of Israel in 1948.  One of the most popular books about the ojerusalembattle between Jews and Arabs  was O Jerusalem, a work of historical fiction by Collins and LaPierre.  It is recommended reading for all.  A movie based on the book and with the same title is coming out on October 17 and you can see the trailer here (and the official website is here).  It’s hard to tell from a trailer whether the movie will be fair to the book or to the historical reality, and the movie is rated “R” for “some war scenes.”  If nothing else, it makes me want to re-read the book.