The big story of the week was the announcement of the discovery in Jerusalem of a large administrative complex that dates to the time of Kings Hezekiah and Manasseh. The site is located about 2 miles south of the Old City, and finds included more than 120 LMLK jar handles. There are more photos here, and a video with drone footage here. A 5-minute news story includes an interview with the archaeologist.
While most excavations in Israel are cancelled this summer, Tel Azekah’s dig begins today with 45 students expected to participate.
A new outdoor archaeological exhibit has been created in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, featuring 180 items previously scattered around the area.
“A fifth century baptismal font that was stolen from its original site by antiquity looters has been located and returned” to Tel Tekoa. Palestinian authorities accuse Israel of stealing the item from Bethlehem.
John DeLancey’s latest teaching video focuses on Beth Shean.
Carl Rasmussen posts a couple of photos of the Intermediate Bronze tombs at Deir Mirzbaneh.
Le Destroit is apparently a Crusader fortress near Atlit. I’m guessing you missed it on your tour of Israel. The tour continues to a sunken vessel and to Tel Dor.
Joel Kramer has announced an Israel Study Tour for March 2021.
Bryan Windle identifies the Top Three Reports in Biblical Archaeology for July.
Magen Broshi died on July 14. Broshi was an archaeologist for the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums as well as Curator of the Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum.
HT: Joseph Lauer, Agade, Ted Weis, Mark Hoffman