Category Archives: Ancient Architecture

Jerusalem Discoveries: New stone courses for Western Wall, theater-type structure

The IAA has announced new discoveries from excavations under Wilson’s Arch, near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The press release includes interesting details and I encourage you to read it. Some excerpts and photos: “Eight stone courses of the Western Wall that had … Continue reading

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Archaeologists restore floor tiles from 2nd Jerusalem Temple

What did people see beneath their feet when walking on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago? What surface did people stand on during events such as the Passover, or when listening to a favorite rabbi’s discourse? The Temple Mount today is mostly … Continue reading

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10th Century BC “Solomonic” Palace Found at Gezer

The Tel Gezer Expedition just announced the discovery of a palatial building tentatively dated to the 10th century BC, around the time of King Solomon in the Bible. The Bible says Solomon fortified Gezer, so a large building from this … Continue reading

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Traditional Tomb of Jesus on Verge of Collapse

A two century-old structure covering the traditional location of Jesus’ tomb is ready to collapse, prompting rare collaboration among rival priests inside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Aedicule, a small shrine covering the tomb, suffered damage from a 1927 earthquake and its … Continue reading

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Invitation to Jerusalem Seminar & Book Launch on “Faith and Cult in the First Temple Period”

A book launch and seminar discussion will be held next Thursday, July 9th, in Jerusalem. The event is free and open to the public. Here is the full text of the invitation: – – – – – – – – – … Continue reading

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Update and photos re: newly-discovered Lachish entrance(s)

This post has some clarifications on the entrance architecture uncovered at Tel Lachish this season. I described the entrances as “gates” but the excavators prefer a different term for one of them. Here is the text of a message I received … Continue reading

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Location of the new gates at Tel Lachish

Here is a photo showing the northeast corner of Lachish, where Garfinkel has identified new entrances to the ancient city. These entrances are on the opposite side of the site from the late Iron Age gate discovered in the 1930’s. … Continue reading

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New Gate Discovered at Tel Lachish

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel states that current excavations at Tel Lachish have discovered a new, earlier entrance to the city on the northeast side of the tel. This is the opposite side of the mound from the known Iron Age gate. … Continue reading

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Why a Fourth archaeological expedition to Lachish?

Why undertake a fourth archaeological expedition at Tel Lachish? This is a good question since this site has been previously excavated over a number years, most recently in 1994. What does our new expedition hope to achieve? Tel Lachish has … Continue reading

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The Tel Lachish Excavation: Field Report from Week 1

We have almost finished the first excavation week and have already (quickly!) found notable things. The first week in an archaeological dig can often be slow. One has to remove topsoil and gradually work down to the remains. Those interested … Continue reading

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