Archaeologists working at Saqqara discovered the pyramid of Queen Neith, a queen hitherto unknown in the historical record.
Archaeologists have found the earliest Egyptian tomb oriented to the winter solstice.
“A hoard of gold coins once thought to be fakes have been authenticated by researchers who say the artefacts reveal a long-lost Roman emperor.” The underlying journal article is here. Not all are convinced.
King Tut’s tomb was opened 100 years ago on Thursday.
BBC radio has aired “The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Quest for Immortality,” with Anmar Fadhil discussing the latest discoveries.
Hybrid lecture on Nov 29: “Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean of the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE—A Petrographic Perspective,” by Paula Waiman Barak. (Webex link)
The best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco are at the site of Volubilis.
New release: “‘Now These Records are Ancient’: Studies in Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical History, Language and Culture in Honor of K. Lawson Younger, Jr.,” edited by James K. Hoffmeier, Richard E. Averbeck, J. Caleb Howard and Wolfgang Zwickel (Zaphon, €128).
National Geographic asked scholars why Noah’s Ark will never be found.
Ben Witherington has several blog entries about his recent trips to Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.
Penn Museum has opened its new Eastern Mediterranean Gallery: Crossroads of Culture after an extensive renovation.
HT: Agade, Joseph Lauer, Arne Halbakken, Jared Clark, Paleojudaica, Ted Weis