“The discovery of a cuneiform fragment at Tel Mikhmoret recorded a slave sale and revealed physical evidence of the presence of Babylonians in biblical Samaria.”
Authorities have recovered from antiquities thieves a Neolithic stone ritual mask that comes from the Hebron hills.
Archaeologists have found evidence for trephination in a Late Bronze tomb at Megiddo (Haaretz premium).
“In one of the largest tombs ever found in Luxor, Egypt, archaeologists have discovered a sarcophagus holding the mummy of a woman named Pouyou who lived during the 18th dynasty.”
Egyptian officials announced that treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun will tour ten cities in the world prior to the 2020 opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. The exhibit is currently in Los Angeles and then heads to Paris. The other cities have not yet been announced.
“Inside the Cloak-and-Dagger Search for Sacred Texts” is in this month’s issue of National Geographic. As you would expect, the text is engaging and the photos beautiful.
“National Geographic has commissioned leading British indie production company, Caravan to produce The Bible from Space, a two-part documentary special which reveals the truth behind the biggest, most incredible stories from the Old Testament.” You can be sure that any TV production which promises to “reveal the truth” does not.
Carl Rasmussen is having second thoughts about the route of Paul’s ship from Chios to Miletus.
Luke Chandler is leading a tour of Israel in June, with the option to stay longer and join an archaeological excavation.
SourceFlix has released a 4-minute video about Tel Dibon, including footage of an early-morning fly-over. Ferrell Jenkins writes about the same site and provides some nice photographs.
A board game dating to the time of Abraham, the Royal Game of Ur, is making a comeback in Iraq.
The online Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled “Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah” begins on Wednesday.
The Institute of Biblical Culture is offering your choice of a free class.
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HT: Agade, Ted Weis, Charles Savelle