“Scientists have reconstructed the Eastern Mediterranean silver trade, over a period including the traditional dates of the Trojan War, the founding of Rome, and the destruction of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.”
A survey has located 11 new hills around Gobeklitepe, and a major study will be released in September. Tourism officials are referring to the area as “12 hills” and the “pyramids of southeast Turkey.”
An excavation of an underground complex in the Western Wall Tunnels is a candidate for an international award.
“For the first time, a large, commercial flour mill has joined scientists and other experts to revive the lost varieties of wheat of the Land of Israel.”
The oldest living olive tree is 3,000 years old and located on the island of Crete.
Carl Rasmussen explains, with photos, how the Lycian League was a model for the United States.
The first issue of the Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology is a special issue on “State Formation Processes in the 10th Century BCE Levant”, edited by A. Faust, Y. Garfinkel and M. Mumcuoglu. All 16 articles may be downloaded for free.
The SBL website has an updated list of works in their ANE Monographs series, all available for purchase or free download.
New release: The Archaeology of Daily Life: Ordinary Persons in Late Second Temple Israel, by David A. Fiensy
Cyndi Parker’s course on historical geography is now available on BiblicalTraining (free with registration).
Danya Belkin writes about 11 adventures in Israel, including rappelling, parasailing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, and camel riding.
HT: Agade, Joseph Lauer, Arne Halbakken, Charles Savelle, Explorator