Weekend Roundup, Part 2

Two female statues from the 4th century BC have been discovered near the Athens airport.

The removal of two millennia of detritus has revealed the beautiful colors of the temple of Esna.

More than 13 types of inscriptions from various civilizations are known in the Arabian Peninsula.

The Antiquarium at Pompeii has now been reopened permanently.

A remorseful thief returned some fake coins he stole from the Paestum museum.

National Geographic has a feature on what may have been the Roman empire’s most enduring contribution: a road network covering more than 200,000 miles.

CSNTM has announced a brand new manuscript viewer.

Smithsonian Magazine: Who Invented the Alphabet?

Judeans in Babylonia: A Study of Deportees in the Sixth and Fifth Centuries BCE, by Tero Alstola, published by Brill in 2019 in Culture and History of the Ancient Near East series. Available for free as a pdf.

Reviewed: Libraries before Alexandria: Ancient Near Eastern Traditions, by Kim Ryholt and Gojko Barjamovic.

Sinclair Hood, best known for his excavation of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, has died just shy of his 104th birthday.

I join John DeLancey to talk about the Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2020. This interview builds on a list I wrote, but with added commentary and a few photos.

HT: Agade, Ted Weis, Joseph Lauer, Arne Halbakken, Mark Hoffman, Explorator


2 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup, Part 2

  1. Thanks for the “royal” shout-out in John DeLancey’s excellent video, & especially for mentioning “tithes to the LORD”! Woo-hoo! I posted this comment to clarify the reports: The publicized headline about “more than 120” found is a little misleading. More than 120 impressed handles were found, representing multiple genres spanning several centuries, not just Judahites. The exact quantity hasn’t been published yet, as this was only a preliminary announcement, but the original IAA press release stated that the majority (i.e., >60) were LMLKs. Note also that at least one LMLK was found nearby with the cache of capitals at Armon Hanatziv.

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