In the 1920s, archaeologists had the chance to study remains underneath Al Aqsa Mosque. The findings of a Jewish mikveh, Byzantine mosaic, and other pre-Islamic items were not made public until recently. Nadav Shragai describes their importance and connects them with the discoveries made in the Temple Mount Sifting Project.
“The Palestine Archaeological Databank and Information System is now accessible openly without registration.”
The Tel Burna team has aerial photos showing the great progress they have made.
“The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Friday became the first World Heritage Site to be listed under the name of Palestine.” (JPost)
Four caves in Mount Carmel with early evidence of human occupation were also designated as a World Heritage site.
John Monson is interviewed this week on the Book and the Spade, with attention given to his upcoming participation in the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation and the shrines discovered there.
The widening of Highway 1 will slow down traffic from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for many years.
Matti Friedman retells the story of the discovery of the Cave of the Treasure, a cache of more than 400 copper objects more than 5,000 years old.
The Day of Archaeology 2012 was yesterday, but posts will continue to be added for another week.
HT: Charles E. Jones, Jack Sasson