Category Archives: Judah

Household food storage in Ancient Israel and Judah

My book “Household food storage in Ancient Israel and Judah” has been published by Archaeopress. It is a revised version of my doctoral dissertation completed for the University of Bern. It explores household food storage by looking at texts, pictorial … Continue reading

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Pottery reconstruction

While I was writing my dissertation I was wishing again and again that more archaeological excavations would restore pottery and give a detailed report on the pottery found. For only by restoring the pottery can we know how many vessels … Continue reading

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Maritime trade in the Eastern Mediterranean under Assyrian rule

In a previous post I discussed the description of the Assyrian presence in the Levant during the 8th and 7th centuries BCE as the Pax Assyriaca – this peaceful, prosperous period of trade. I suggested that there are serious problems … Continue reading

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Pax Assyriaca

Once upon a time on the eastern shores of the sea there were many little kingdoms fighting for dominance, trying to exert control over each other. The frequent raids into the territories of neighbours made life uncertain. The enmity stifled … Continue reading

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The bull of Tell Halif

Yesterday, we found a bull figurine during excavations at Tell Halif. To be exact it was just the head of a bull. It was probably attached to a vessel like a jar or a bowl, maybe as a decorative handle. … Continue reading

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The Bullae of Khirbet Summeily

Ever since Mississippi State University issued a press release on December 15, 2014 about several bullae found during excavations at Khirbet Summeily and the possible implication of greater complexity in the Iron Age that would support a kingdom of David … Continue reading

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Our floor continues

I still remember how we uncovered a floor covered with pottery and other objects in 2007. It was one of those special finds. In 2008 we uncovered the entire room. While excavating this room, we also noticed that there was … Continue reading

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