“Israeli archaeologists have been left scratching their heads over the discovery of a large tomb containing dozens of skeletons, many of them women, who were buried more than 2,500 years ago in the midst of the Negev desert, at an ancient crossroad far from any known settlements at the time.”
Chris McKinny provides an overview of all of the excavation areas at Tel Burna after their first week of their 13th season.
The Greek Reporter has a well-illustrated story on the Bird Mosaic and the sigma-shaped glass-gold table found in Caesarea.
Martine van den Berg reports on the first-ever “Friends of ASOR Tour to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.” They had quite a few experiences that the average tourist doesn’t get.
After a three-year renovation, Solomon’s Quarries/Zedekiah’s Cave has reopened to visitors. It now includes a multimedia show. The article includes a video report by i24 News.
Ron Simkins discusses “Creation and Ecology in Ancient Israel” on the Biblical World podcast.
Lisa LaGeorge gives a good answer to the question, “What difference does it make if I go to Israel?”
Ferrell Jenkins shares a photo of a beautiful view that he took in the Judean hill country between Bethlehem and Hebron.
Zoom lecture on July 12: “The King is Dead, Long Live the King: Murder, Poetry, and Scribal Culture in Ancient Egypt,” by Margaret Geoga ($7)
The NY Times reports on Christian tourism to Saudi Arabia, though the reporting seems limited to a single tour group.
A large Roman-period mosaic discovered near Homs, Syria, depicts Greek soldiers in the Trojan War as well as the god Neptune and forty of his mistresses.
A conference will be held at Oxford on July 5 entitled “The Aramaeans B.C.: History, Literature, and Archaeology”
The oldest completely hand-sewn boat in the Mediterranean dates to the Iron Age I and is remarkably well-preserved.
Bryan Windle reports on the top three stories in biblical archaeology for the month of June.
What do real archaeologists think of Indiana Jones?
HT: Agade, Arne Halbakken, Ted Weis