Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Use of Archaeology in Historical Fiction

Last year I delivered a paper at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. I thought I could share it with you and recorded it. Not the best recording, but now in full length. Here it … Continue reading

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Thoughts from the SAA Meeting (Society for American Archaeology)

I am currently attending the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Memphis. As I listened to papers and presentations, I saw one of the great debates in archaeology reflected in the positions taken by the authors. Mark … Continue reading

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Tel Burna: Biblical Libnah?

The identification of tell sites with ancient cities mentioned in the biblical texts is hardly ever certain. Often many lines of evidence have to be pursued. Already the late Anson Rainey identified Tel Burna with the biblical town of Libnah … Continue reading

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Tel Burna

From the barren hills of Hebron a valley runs towards the west through forested hillsides – Nahal Guvrin. Fields of wheat hug the wadi that curves across the valley floor. Past a Roman amphitheatre and the ruins of a Crusader … Continue reading

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Jars and Jar Stands

Many of the jars from Ancient Israel have a rounded base. “How practical is that?” we may ask. Could they stand upright? We have to remember that many houses would have dirt floors, not smooth tile floors. It would have … Continue reading

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