What are the top discoveries of the year? Here is my list, based on a review of the stories and roundups posted on the BiblePlaces Blog throughout 2017.
1. Dozens of seal impressions naming officials of the First Temple Period were found in the City of David.
2. A capital from Solomon’s Colonnade was discovered in Temple Mount Sifting Project.
3. A Timna copper mining camp was dated to time of David and Solomon through the analysis of donkey dung.
4. New excavations at el-Araj challenge the identification of et-Tell with Bethsaida.
5. A small Roman theater was found next to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount.
6. Evidence of the Roman destruction of Jerusalem was discovered along the road from the Pool of Siloam to the Temple Mount.
7. Merneptah’s destruction of Gezer was found, corresponding to its mention in the Merneptah Stele.
8. The Augustus Temple Altar foundation was unearthed at Caesarea.
9. Analysis of the traditional tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher supports a 4th-century date, as long believed.
10. Seven inscriptions were discovered in three Byzantine churches excavated in Galilee this summer.
All ten of these come from Israel, and five come from Jerusalem. Three are related to the Old Testament, and six are from the world of the New Testament.
You can revisit the top stories of previous years at the links below:
- Top Stories of 2015
- Top Stories of 2014
- Top Stories of 2013 (and more)
- Top Stories of 2012 (and more)
- Top Stories of 2011 (and more)
- Top Stories of 2010 (and more)
- Top 8 of 2008 (and more)
Tomorrow I’ll post a list of other significant stories and discoveries from the year.
4 thoughts on “Top 10 Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology from 2017”
Todd, thank you for all your work. This is very interesting! Urban von Wahlde
I was thinking the 12th DDS cave would've made it. Great post.
Great job on today's TB&TS show as usual, Todd! I like the way that Gordon Govier's list is "Top 10 BA Stories", whereas your post here is "Top 10 Discoveries in BA". Both angles are interesting.
Love your choices