Author Archives: Tim Frank

State power and the death of a man

The recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands (or rather knees) of police officers has caused a wave of protests around the world. The protesters expressed their outrage at police violence and racism. Even though many other … Continue reading

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Visualizing Food Storage in Ancient Houses

Recently an article I wrote was published on the ASOR blog Ancient Near East Today. It discusses some of the issues with visualizations in archaeology.

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Ashamed of the Old Testament?

As I noted in a few blog posts, there is a tendency in Christian theology and practice to disregard the Old Testament, or even to actively deny that it has any significance for the Church. Apart from any of the … Continue reading

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A new Marcionism

Marcionism is a Christian heresy that was first denounced in 144 AD (CE). Marcion of Sinope proclaimed that the Old Testament could not be reconciled with the New Testament, and that the New Testament proclaimed a different god to the … Continue reading

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A harvest stored

This fictional account illustrates how food storage might have been integrated with other household activities in Ancient Judah. I developed this from my dissertation. The rain fell heavily now, the wind driving it against the house wall, pushing it through … Continue reading

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The destruction of archaeological sites

Right after development and artefact robbing, one of the main threats to archaeological sites is dirt bikes, or off-road motor cycles. Particularly archaeological sites in reserves are often at risk from dirt bike riders, if there are no expensive enforcement … Continue reading

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50 years directing archaeological excavations in Israel

Yesterday I attended an event in honour of Professor Joe D Seger, celebrating 50 years of directing archaeological excavations in Israel. As a student at Harvard University, Joe Seger participated in excavations at Shechem, then Jordanian territory. He was a … Continue reading

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Funnels and food storage

Earlier this year Avraham Faust published the article Funnels as indicators of storage activities in the Iron II Southern Levant (Oxford Journal of Archaeology 38(1):80-104). Based on observations at Tel ‘Eton, he suggested that larger funnels with a diameter of … Continue reading

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Tel Batash (Timnah) House 950

I’ll add pictures of one more visualization completed as part of my study into household food storage. These pictures are from a reconstruction of House 950 at Tel Batash, often identified with Timnah on the border between Judah and Philistine … Continue reading

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Tell Halif K8 House

Another house I studied at Tell Halif, was the K8 house. This was considerably smaller. Its front section was well preserved, but back rooms had been eroded. Some of the excavators thought that the artefacts recovered from the house may … Continue reading

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