Small finds in Jerusalem:
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More discoveries in Israel:
Top Stories Related to Tourism:
For shopkeepers and tour operators in the Old City of Jerusalem, COVID-19 has been worse than all the wars. The situation was no better at Petra.
The last land mine was removed from the Jordan River baptismal area near Qaser al-Yahud.
Israel is moving forward on plans to extend the high-speed train line to a station near the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Opposition continues against Jerusalem’s plan for a cable car to the Old City. One study claims that buses and shuttles are a better solution.
Israel has announced the creation of seven new nature reserves in the West Bank: Ariel Cave, Wadi Og, Wadi Malha, the Southern Jordan River, Bitronot Creek, Nahal Tirza, and Rotem-Maskiot.
A new outdoor archaeological exhibit was created in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, featuring 180 items previously scattered around the area.
$40 million will be spent to upgrade the Tower of David Museum, with a plan to double the size of the current museum, including the addition of seven new galleries, a new sunken entrance visitor center outside the Old City walls, and a multi-sensory experience in the Kishle excavations.
The Acropolis in Athens is undergoing a number of renovations to improve safety and enhance the experience for visitors.
Notable Resources of 2020:
Eric H. Cline, Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon
J. Daniel Hays, A Christian’s Guide to Evidence for the Bible: 101 Proofs from History and Archaeology
Titus Kennedy, Unearthing the Bible: 101 Archaeological Discoveries That Bring the Bible to Life
Joel P. Kramer, Where God Came Down: The Archaeological Evidence
Bob Rognlien, Recovering the Way
Appian Media, “Lessons from the Land: The Gospels,” a 13-part video series aimed at elementary-aged students
Bible Land Passages, “Caesarea by the Sea: Rome’s Capital in Israel,” a 20-minute documentary featuring 3D digital models
Biblical Israel Ministries and Tours, Biblical Israel by Air, with 69 minutes of drone footage of beautiful sites
The Complete ibiblestock Video Library includes more than 4.5 hours of footage.
The Photo Companion to the Bible:
The Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, volume 20: Western Mediterranean (1,400 photos)
Losses This Year:
Francis I. Andersen
Thomas O. Lambdin
Patrick D. Miller
William H. Shea
Gordon Govier identified Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2020 in a report for Christianity Today.
Bryan Windle provides his list of the top ten discoveries in 2020.
Lawrence Schiffman wrote about discoveries made in 2020 for Ami Magazine.
Ruth Schuster summarizes the top biblical archaeology stories for Haaretz (premium).
Israel365News posts their top 10 archaeological finds in 2020 that are confirmed in the Bible.
Gizmodo has created a slideshow of about a dozen intriguing archaeological discoveries in 2020.
The Greek Reporter reviews the top ten most spectacular Greek archaeological discoveries of 2020.
The archaeology website Arkeofili suggests the top 10 archaeological finds in Turkey and North Cyprus in 2020.
Gulf News lists 38 archaeological highlights, organized by continent and date announced.
HeritageDaily identifies the 10 most prominent archaeological discoveries of 2020.
Archaeology magazine’s top 10 discoveries of the decade includes finds from Greece and Egypt, but nothing from Israel, Jordan, or Turkey.
You can revisit the top stories of previous years with these links: