The latest issue of the SAU Institute of Archaeology DigSight is now available online in pdf format.

Contents include:

  • Excavating Lachish 2013
  • Qeiyafa Final Celebration
  • New Museum Coordinator
  • Battle Over David in South Africa
  • Institute of Archaeology at ASI
  • Director’s Letter
  • Recent Sightings
  • Upcoming Events

The first article reports on the initial season of excavations at Lachish. The team hopes to find answers for the following questions:

  • When was Lachish inhabited for the first time in the Iron Age?
  • When was Lachish first fortified in the Iron Age?
  • How did the economy, administration, international connections, writing, cult, and art develop in the first 200 years of the Kingdom of Judah?
  • Was there a fortified city in Lachish relating to 2 Chronicles 11:5–12, which recounts Rehoboam’s rebuilding of the city?

The archaeologists are focusing their work on the northeast quarter of the site and they have already exposed part of the fortification system near the well.

Information about upcoming lectures is provided on the last page of the newsletter, including these events:

October 22, 2013, 7 p.m.

“Excavating Nebuchadnezzar’s Destruction at Lachish”  Michael G. Hasel, PhD (Southern Adventist University)

February 11, 2014, 7 p.m.

“Tell Jalul: A Levitical City of Refuge in Jordan?”  Randall W. Younker, PhD (Andrews University)

March 11, 2014, 7 p.m.

“Ossuaries and the Burials of Jesus and James”  Jodi Magness, PhD (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Lachish aerial from south, tb010703291
Lachish from the south