“A Ptolemaic workshop for boat construction and repair has been uncovered in the Sinai Peninsula.”
“Six Old Kingdom mastaba tombs, two Old Kingdom shaft tombs and one rock-cut tomb with multiple burials that were previously unknown were discovered last month by the Qubbet El-Hawa Research Project (QHRP) in Aswan.”
Archaeologists working in Pompeii on Valentine’s Day found a fresco of Narcissus.
Construction work on the new subway in Rome has led to discoveries of military barracks and an ancient home.
An Israeli tour guide discovered a rare Bar Kochba coin while hiking near Lachish.
Haaretz premium: “A recent article by Dr. Milka Levy-Rubin . . . says the Dome of the Rock was built in order to restore Jerusalem’s place on the regional map of holy sites, not vis a vis Mecca, but rather as a rival to Constantinople, the Byzantine capital.”
The January 2019 issue of the Newsletter of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities is now online.
Federica Spagnoli provides a history of the pomegranate in the ancient Near East.
“The Schloss Karlsruhe Museum [in Karlsruhe, Germany] is hosting the largest exhibition ever held on Mycenaean Greece’s cultural history.”
James Hoffmeier: What was Atenism and why did it fail?
The Washington Post shares some of Kevin Bubriski’s photographs taken in Syria before the civil war broke out.
John DeLancey has announced an Israel tour that includes a sign-language interpreter. He also recently posted a 5-minute video on Life Lessons from the Elah Valley that includes some drone footage.
Shmuel Browns shares some photos he took at the Dead Sea at sunrise.
Ferrell’s favorite photos this week are of the Garden of Gethsemane and Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.
HT: Agade, Joseph Lauer, Charles Savelle