Archaeologists working at el-Araj (Bethsaida?) are claiming that a Byzantine church they are excavating is the “Church of the Apostles.” The story is reported in Haaretz (premium); the excavation website has lots of photos.
The excavation season at Gath is over. Among this week’s posts is this one with their end-of-season photo shoot.
“A rare, very early rural mosque was unearthed during recent archaeological excavations in the southern Israel Bedouin city of Rahat.”
Excavations on Mount Zion have revealed a moat from the Crusader siege of Jerusalem in 1099.
“An unprecedentedly vast Neolithic settlement — the largest ever discovered in Israel and the Levant, say archaeologists — is currently being excavated ahead of highway construction five kilometers from Jerusalem
The University of Basel announced its possession of the oldest autograph of a Christian letter.
Researchers are studying the harbor technologies of Portus, the maritime harbor of Rome in the first centuries AD.
For the first time in decades, Egypt has opened the Bent and Red Pyramids of Dahshur to tourists.
Wayne Stiles draws spiritual lessons about closed doors from Paul’s second missionary journey.
New from Eerdmans: Scribes and Scrolls at Qumran, by Sidnie White Crawford
Now at the top of my wish list (but more difficult to acquire outside of Israel): Ancient Jerusalem Revealed: Archaeological Discoveries, 1998–2018, edited by Hillel Geva.
HT: Joseph Lauer, Ted Weis, Charles Savelle, Agade