Yad HaShmonah and its Biblical Village are profiled in The Times of Israel. Aviva and Shmuel Bar-Am treat their subject honorably.
Wayne Stiles explains the connection between Horeshat Tal National Park and the Bible.
The video of the “Roast and Toast” for retiring Albright director Sy Gitin is now online with handy links to each segment.
Popular Archaeology looks forward to the coming season of excavations in Jaffa, including new work in the harbor looking for ancient shipwrecks.
Progress in the Ashkelon excavations is being reported on the Dig Ashkelon blog.
A summary for week 2 is posted at the Tel Burna excavation blog. Two more weeks remain this season.
Luke Chandler has arrived in Israel to join the new excavations at Lachish. Watch his blog for updates. There’s more information about the Fourth Expedition to Lachish at the website of Southern
Bible History Daily has published the first of several studio-quality videos about excavations of Tell Timai in the Nile Delta.
The Sacred Bridge is out in a second “emended and enhanced” edition. Eisenbrauns and Carta list it for sale but do not provide details for what has changed. (Anson Rainey died in 2011.)
Suzanne Marchand provides some interesting background on German-Turkish relations in archaeological work and how that was affected by World War I.
A number of scholarly teams are working on archaeology survey maps of northern Iraq.
“Authorities now know that ISIS is partially funded by pillaging ancient artifacts from Iraq and Syria to sell on the black market.” (International Business Times)
Mick Jagger was spotted at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
The-Samaritans.com website is back online after a lengthy absence.
Amazon is now listing a book I contributed to: Jesus, A Visual History. It is due to be released in November.
HT: Jack Sasson, Craig Dunning, A.D. Riddle
Photo from Trees, Plants, and Flowers of the Holy Land