Just a reminder… Khirbet Qeiyafa will be featured on a NOVA documentary this evening on the PBS network. It airs at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central time. Set your DVR’s to record “Quest for Solomon’s Mines”.
From the program description it appears they’ll focus primarily on the Qeiyafa inscription. Our site has a lot more to offer, but this is television and time is limited. We were filmed last year, so I don’t believe the program will include any of the recent season’s finds. We’ll see how many of the previous seasons’ discoveries they fit in.
Here’s hoping they do a fair job with our site vs. the “other guys” brought on to provide dissenting opinions.
Update: The program did a decent job in my opinion. Not distorted as others I have seen. Qeiyafa’s part focused on the inscription, with an eye to the literacy question. Could Israel record its own history in writing in the 10th century B.C.? The answer is important if you are discussing the existence of a centralized government. No writing = no archives, no written records, no administration, no religious documents. The existence of a writing system for Hebrew in that time is important. Its identification as an Israelite site (no pig bones, etc.) is also a key point.
On a personal note… my hands were briefly visible in the shot of a large pottery sherd being cleaned, with a slight slow-motion effect applied. My father was visible two times in the program. At least I can still go out in public without fear of being recognized.