This recent announcement: “On Tuesday, May 8, Prof. Yosef Garfinkel from the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will announce an archaeological discovery with implications for archaeology, history and biblical studies. The announcement, including artifacts never seen by the public, will take place at a press conference on the Mt. Scopus campus. A tour of the archaeological site will follow.”
I’ll go out on a limb and speculate that it has something to do with religion/cult in Judah during the 11th-10th century B.C. I do not have any inside information on this, but some of Yossi’s recent focus has involved religious practice at Qeiyafa. A few months ago he released photos of some cultic locations and objects at Qeiyafa. The Biblical Archaeological Society is also publishing a DVD lecture by Garfinkel titled “The Sanctuary at Khirbet Qeiyafa: Judean Cult at the Time of King David.” The lecture dates back to late 2010, but perhaps it includes some new information from the 2011 season.
My square and an adjacent one in 2011 yielded finds that may have been cultic. Perhaps I’ll find out more about them after next week’s announcement. Or perhaps not. The upcoming announcement could involve something entirely different.
One of the great things about joining a dig is being able to see new finds as they come out of the ground. Whatever Yossi reveals to the public next week, I’ve probably already seen it. Knowing what something means, however, is entirely different. Yossi and the staff have had months to analyze, research, compare, restore, and ponder last year’s finds. No doubt other scholars will do the same with whatever Yossi reveals on Tuesday. It’s exciting stuff!
HT: Joe Lauer