The Jerusalem Post has a feature story on the current excavations at the Philistine city of Gath. For daily updates, see the excavator’s blog. In particular, you may want to check out this remarkable 3-D image of Area A.

The Post also reports on a new virtual tour of the Temple Mount, online at HarHakodesh.co.il.

The sphinx found at Hazor is described by the archaeologists in a 3-minute video. Apparently this was the last of 24 years of excavations at the site. UPDATE (7/19): My interpretation that this was the final season was incorrect. See comments below.

Tel Aviv University is offering a free online course via Coursera on “The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem,” taught by Professor Oded Lipschits, Ph.D. and Ido Koch.

John H. Hayes died last week at the age of 79.

HT: Joseph Lauer, Jack Sasson

Hazor upper city aerial from west, tbs112040011
The upper city of Hazor
Photo from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands