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August 18, 2013

Is This The Father Of the Prophet?

Photo: Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority Uziel and Zanton read this . . . r(?)yhw bn bnh and suggest that it might be understood as "[Zecha]riah the son of Benaiah (ריהו בן בניה)," a name mentioned in 2 Chronicles...

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July 23, 2013

Does This Say Elisha?

I’m not so sure. Now does it say Elisha? Maybe. These images are slightly enhanced screen captures from a CBN News video about Amihai Mazar uncovering of a rather strange building from 9th century BCE Tel Rehov. Tel Rehov...

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July 8, 2013

Color Late Bronze Age Hala Sultan Tekke Purple

In recently concluded excavators at Hala Sultan Tekke uncovered a manufacturing district from the Late Bronze Age. Perhaps the rather extensive copper production area with its copper ore, slag (hundreds of kilograms of it), and clay pipes is the most...

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June 18, 2013

Gezer VII - I’ve Been Waiting Four Decades For This

My very own copy of Gezer VII: The Middle Bronze and Later Fortifications in Fields II, IV, and VIII just arrived. You can get your copy at Eisenbrauns. The drawings are great, the photographic reproductions are much better than in...

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February 27, 2013

Markov Chain Monte Carlo Procedure Dating Of Homer

Eric Lewin Altschuler, Andreea S. Calude, Andrew Meade, and Mark Pagel have just published “Linguistic evidence supports date for Homeric epics.” Their paper offers a “likelihood-based Markov chain Monte Carlo procedure” estimate for the date of composition of Homer’s epics....

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February 16, 2013

Gezer Regional Survey

Abnormal readers will know that I have a soft place in my heart for all things Gezer. On the last day of last year Hadashot Arkheologiyot published Eric Mitchell, Jason M. Zan, Cameron S. Coyle and Adam R. Dodd’s preliminary...

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December 30, 2012

Hittite Epigraphs Mapped

The “Hittite Epigraphic Findings in the Ancient Near East” website is a geographic index of texts, seals, and engraved objects from the Hittite Kingdom, 1600-1150 BCE, in both Hittite and Akkadian. The creator and curator of the site, Dr. Dario...

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December 26, 2012

Quotation Of The Day

“If you come across an archaeological interpretation with newswire relevance, Dear Reader, my advice is to disregard it as a scientific mayfly.” – Martin Rundkvist - Aardvarchaeology...

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December 9, 2012

New Old Excavation Report From Gezer

In 1913/14 and 1923/24 M. Raymond Weill, professor at l'École des Hautes Études, excavated nine tombs at Gezer. They have just been published. The circumstance of the delay is horrifying; the belated publication truly wonderful. The report is in a...

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November 9, 2012

A Hittite Dam

Anthony Loke at Old Testament Passion beat me to this abnormally interesting discovery. A dam unearthed during excavation work in the northern Anatolian province of Çorum reveals that the dam construction techniques of the ancient past are similar to the...

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June 9, 2012

When Good Science Becomes Bad Archaeology

Levantine archaeology may be the poster child for hype but it is hardly the only sub-segment of the discipline that the disease infects. Rosemary Joyce, a University of California, Berkley, anthropologist, provides an account of “Good science, big hype, bad...

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June 2, 2012

Quartzite Head Of Nefertiti Recently Identified

Once thought to depict Akhenaten, Dr Christian E. Loeben of the Museum August Kestner argues, rather convincingly, that the small object actually depicts Queen Nefertiti. Judith Weingarten has the story and a larger picture at Zenobia: Empress of the...

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May 28, 2012

New Old Boundary Marker Found At Gezer

Eric Mitchell and Jason Zan report that their team has found the 13th boundary inscription at Gezer. Here’s a picture of our daughter sitting on one such marker in 1971. The newly discovered stone has three lines rather than the...

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May 23, 2012

A “Fiscal Bulla” From Bethlehem

Photographic credit: Clara AmitCourtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The Israel Antiquates Authority announced the discovery of a “Fiscal Bulla” containing the name Bethlehem. This is the only First Temple Period epigraphical mention on the city. The text reads,...

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May 9, 2012

Khirbet Qeiyafa - Getting It Right

So far there have been quite a number of abnormally interesting blog posts on the recently and loudly announced cultic finds from Khirbet Qeiyafa. John Hobbins provides a clear statement as to the significance of these finds, My take: the...

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May 8, 2012

Cult Objects From Khirbet Qeiyafa

This from the first two paragraphs of the English news release, Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigal Yadin Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced today the discovery of objects that for the...

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April 22, 2012

The Re-Excavation Of Gezer Water System – One More Time

In September of last year I posted and briefly commented on a report in the Baptist Press concerning the recent and ongoing re-excavation of the Gezer water system. In the comments to that post Gary Hurt and I got into...

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April 19, 2012

The Egyptians And Their Cats

If you haven’t seen it, head over to Zenobia: Empress of the East and read Judith's abnormally interesting post on cat mummies. Here’s a sample: Owing to the huge demand for mummified cats throughout the Late Period (ca. 1069-30 BCE),...

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April 7, 2012

A New Old Fashioned Journal?

Do we really need another old fashioned closed access print journal? I don’t mean to sound snarky? It’s a serious question. De Gruyter and the Association of Ancient Historians are seeking “approval and support” for a proposed new journal that...

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March 29, 2012

The Domestication of Cattle

In a new paper, “Modern Taurine Cattle descended from small number of Near-Eastern founders," Ruth Bollongino, Joachim Burger, Adam Powell, Marjan Mashkour, Jean-Denis Vigne1 and Mark G. Thomas present DNA evidence indicating that “around 80 female aurochs were initially domesticated”...

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February 29, 2012

A Unique Hoard From Iron Age 1

The Megiddo website reports the discovery of a hoard of gold, silver and bronze jewelry, wrapped in fabric from the Iron 1 period. They have pictures. Archaeologists found the hoard in a vessel. Via Jack Sasson’s list server....

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February 18, 2012

The Theft At Olympia

The recent armed robbery at the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games has been in the news and discussed on various email lists. Rogueclassicist has a very good summary with lots of links. While some museum robbers seem...

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February 17, 2012

Ramat Rahel's Garden

Science Daily has a story of the recovery of fossilized pollen from layers of plaster in a water system at Ramat Rahel. Here is something to whet your appetite for the whole story. According to Prof. Oded Lipschits, Dr. Yuval...

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January 1, 2012

New Old First Temple Period Bulla

Ma'ariv is reporting the discovery of a First Temple period bulla with an inscription reading גבעון למלך which I guess means, “Gibeon, for the king.” Gabriel Barkay suggests that it represents taxes paid by the residents of Gideon to...

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December 28, 2011

Early Bronze Age Burial Excavated In Syria

The Syrian Arab News Agency is reporting the discovery of an Early Bronze Age burial in the village of Sousan, 12 kilometers west of Ein al-Arab, Aleppo governorate. Excavators date the burial to c. 2150-2250 BCE. SANA Photograph He [Director...

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December 22, 2011

Emmett L. Bennett, Jr 1918-2011

It is with sadness that I learned that Emmett L. Bennett, Jr. died on December 15th. A giant among classicists, Bennett was the author of over 60 works including ten books. Abnormal readers know that while my principal research focus...

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December 15, 2011

“What We Have Here Is Failure To Communicate”

Back in September I quoted from a report on recent work on the Gezer water system. In that report I expressed concern about the reference to “the time of Abraham.” Yesterday, having read my post, Gary Myers sent me an...

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December 1, 2011

Confusing News On An Amenhotep III Statue

The Telegraph, The Washington Post and even Fox News are reporting that archaeologists have uncovered a massive quartzite stature of Amenhotep III at Luxor. The Telegraph headline is typical, “Statue of Amenhotep III, King Tut's grandfather, found.” But exactly when...

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October 25, 2011

The Preliminary Gezer Report – Now Read

I took a few minutes last night to read the preliminary report on the renewed Gezer excavations that I mentioned yesterday. I found two things abnormally interesting. The first item that struck me was this concerning a “short wall” associated...

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October 6, 2011

Visit Old Virtual Amarna

This from the Virtual Amarna Project's homepage: The Official Website of the Amarna Project The ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna (or simply Amarna) was the short-lived capital built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death...

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Titles Only From Here On

September 29, 2011

A Practicum In Historiography

September 27, 2011

Another New Old City In Turkey

September 26, 2011

The Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professorship

September 17, 2011

British Museum Online Database

September 16, 2011

On The Gezer Water System

September 14, 2011

Mari In Trouble

September 4, 2011

The Lead Codices And The Bibliobloggers

September 2, 2011

The Meyers On Archaeology

August 25, 2011

Was The Horse Domesticated 9,000 years Ago?

July 20, 2011

The Ziyaret Tepe Excavation

July 15, 2011

Rollston on ‘Priests’ or ‘Priest’ in the Mariam (Miriam) Ossuary

July 6, 2011

Rollston On The Mariam Daughter of Yeshua’ Ossuary

July 1, 2011

Aramaic Cuneiform Tablets From Tal Mabtouh Sharqi?

June 29, 2011

On The Miriam Ossuary

June 27, 2011

Pre-12th Century Levels At Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus

The Custom of the Land

June 20, 2011

New Old Late Bronze Age Fortress On Cyprus

June 1, 2011

Just How Old Are These Houses?

May 31, 2011

New Old Statue of Amenhotep III Found

May 24, 2011

What To Do?

May 12, 2011

A Well Aged Wine

April 27, 2011

Finkelstein On The Politics Archaeology Of Jerusalem

April 15, 2011

Lewis Binford (November 21, 1930 – April 11, 2011)

April 9, 2011

Quotation Of The Day

March 24, 2011

New Project at Byblos

March 8, 2011

Homer Can’t Live By Naveh and Powell Alone

March 7, 2011

An Abbreviated Public Service

March 6, 2011

The Egyptian Throne

February 20, 2011

Mud Brick Construction In Egypt

February 2, 2011

Greek Fonts

February 1, 2011

Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up

January 26, 2011

New Old Or Old Old?

January 20, 2011

More On Old Snails

January 14, 2011

Finkelstein And The Role of Archaeology (And Texts)

January 2, 2011

These Books Deserve A Loving Home

December 29, 2010

A Lesbian Amphora From Tel Qudadi

December 13, 2010

New Old Temple Discovered In Syria

December 9, 2010

What’s In A Name?

December 7, 2010

Finkelstein and Qeiyafa

December 4, 2010

Old Photos From Palestine and Environs

December 2, 2010

More On Hazor

November 10, 2010

Four Stone Hearth – The Abnormal Edition

November 8, 2010

Ramses III Inscription Found In Saudi Arabia

November 6, 2010

Four Stone Hearth - Nominations Are Now Open

October 18, 2010

New Ancient World Open Bibliographies Blog

September 29, 2010

Der Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae Online

September 14, 2010

Old Syrian Hawk Discovered

September 6, 2010

A 7-6th Century BCE Scarab With An “Ugaritic” Shin?

September 1, 2010

Moabite(?) Temple Discovered

Claremont Colleges Digital Library And What Isn’t In It

August 19, 2010

Four Stone Hearth - 1 Short of 100

August 15, 2010

The Hazor Law Tablet Fragments A Surface Find

August 12, 2010

The Phoenician City Of Aüza (re)Located(?)

August 6, 2010

Divine Kingship

August 5, 2010

Four Stone Hearth #98 Is Up

August 2, 2010

David, Jerusalem, And Other Underdetermined Questions

July 30, 2010

Archaeology And Computer Modeling

July 26, 2010

More(?) On The Hazor Fragments

July 22, 2010

Friends Of Tayinat

July 12, 2010

Old Snails

July 7, 2010

Kubaba

July 6, 2010

The Time Of My Life

June 26, 2010

Looting In Iraq

June 24, 2010

Answers and Questions and Real Questions

June 22, 2010

Do We Still Have This Problem?

June 17, 2010

Closing In On An Absolute Chronology Of Dynastic Egypt

June 16, 2010

Why I Am Thankful For Hershel Shanks

June 13, 2010

GT, BGT, GTY

June 12, 2010

Not Quite Squares

June 9, 2010

A Couple Of Overdue Archaeology Items

June 2, 2010

Ooops

May 30, 2010

Later Occupations Of Ras Shamra

May 27, 2010

Middle Assyrian “Cuneiforms” From Tell Qaber Abu al-Atiq

May 26, 2010

Water Systems In Text and Archaeology

May 19, 2010

Archaeomusicology