I go away for one week, and I come back to a large pile of stories in the biblical and archaeological world. This is going to take three long posts to catch up.
Recent research has revealed that Tel Shikmona was not a trading settlement but a purple dye manufacturing center.
Archaeologists discovered an ancient baptismal font hidden inside another baptismal font at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
“An ancient Roman-era shipwreck has been discovered at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Cyprus.”
The Tel Burna crew has finished three weeks of their summer dig, with daily posts providing summaries of the finds along with photos. Here’s the latest. John DeLancey has posted his perspective as a volunteer.
The Gath expedition is halfway finished with their season, and they are unearthing a road, a window, architectural remains, and a monster wall.
This summer’s excavations at el-Araj (Bethsaida?) have produced more mosaics from the Byzantine church, a mold for making lead fishing weights, part of a roof roller, and Roman flagstones.
The Jerusalem Report has a feature piece on recent excavations at Tell Beth Shemesh.
Excavations are beginning in Laodicea on the road that leads to the ancient stadium.
A new DNA study indicates that Philistines living in Ashkelon in the late 12th century BC originated from Greece, Crete, or Sardinia. These articles are based on a journal article published in Science Advances (pdf).
Joe Zias argues that nearly all, if not all, of the human remains found at Masada are ethnically non-Jewish.
A new study shows that masons’ marks were used at Hippos only from the late first century to the late second century (Haaretz premium).
HT: Joseph Lauer, Ted Weis, Charles Savelle, Agade, Explorator, Lois Tverberg