Tag Archives: Artifacts

Short informational video clips on Archaeology

Bar Ilan University in Israel has produced some short video clips on subjects studied by its faculty. Archaeologist Aren Maeir has posted three of them here, on the Tel es-Safi/Gath blog. They are around 2 to 2-1/2 minutes each and … Continue reading

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New Finds from Khirbet Qeiyafa May Clarify Bible Text, Temple Architecture

During last summer’s dig, we found artifacts that relate to Israelite religion before Solomon’s temple. They may even help us understand more about the temple itself. As the Israel Antiquities Authority headlined it for this morning’s press conference, “Hebrew University archaeologist … Continue reading

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Questions on Khirbet Qeiyafa’s 2010 cultic room

Todd Bolen commented with a series of questions on my previous post about the Qeiyafa cultic room from 2010. Todd wrote: 1. What parallels exist for this type of incense altar? 2. Was evidence of burning found in this room? … Continue reading

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Garfinkel Announces New Religious Finds at Khirbet Qeiyafa (photos)

Yossi Garfinkel recently presented finds from a cultic room unearthed at Khirbet Qeiyafa in 2010. He sent me some photos for this blog just before his presentation in Jerusalem. They are shown here with his permission. Here is my own … Continue reading

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Ancient Bronze Bowl Discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa (photo)

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that a bronze bowl was discovered at Qeiyafa. Bronze bowls were costly and at times inscribed with a dedication to an individual. Could ours be inscribed with a biblical name? At this point it is … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie – the Famous Archaeologist?

Who knew? Not me. She is one of the best-known crime writers of all time but few know the extent of Agatha Christie’s archaeological pedigree. Married in 1930 to eminent archaeologist Max Mallowan, Christie spent two decades living on excavation … Continue reading

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Fun article – “The 99% of the British Museum Not on Show”

Here is an interesting read from last year on one of my favorite places – the British Museum in London. I’ve visited a few times (it’s free!) and always enjoy going. I normally focus on its ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern collections … Continue reading

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Update: Damage to Egyptian Antiquities

Looters have moved against other museums and sites in Egypt with some success. A group of looters attacked a warehouse at the Qantara Museum near the city of Ismailia on the Suez Canal that contained 3,000 objects from the Roman … Continue reading

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Egyptian Museum under threat by looters

The current unrest in Egypt poses significant danger to priceless artifacts in its most important museum. The Egyptian army secured Cairo’s famed antiquities museum early Saturday, protecting thousands of priceless artifacts, including the gold mask of King Tutankhamun, from looters. … Continue reading

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Discoveries at Khirbet Qeiyafa: an Intact Shrine

During the 2010 excavation we uncovered what the archaeologists were calling a ‘cultic building’  near the southern Iron Age gate. ‘Cultic’ is the term archaeologists use for any religious or worship-related find. (There’s a standard joke that whenever excavators cannot … Continue reading

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