Tag Archives: Philistines

Assyrians on the Mediterranean Coast

The discussion and articles on the Assyrian presence in the Levant keep coming. The latest is by Yifat Thareani and is entitled The Empire and the “Upper Sea”: Assyrian Control Strategies along the Southern Levantine Coast, published in BASOR 375 … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Assyria, Scholarly articles | Tagged , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Archaeology, Assyria, excavations, Judah | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Mudbricks at sunset

The excavations at Khirbet Summeily are winding up for this season. We have uncovered more, found more riddles and some answers. Archaeology is a slow process. One of the reasons we can’t plow ahead at great pace at this site, … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, excavations, Judah, Khirbet Summeily | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pillar bases at Khirbet Summeily

While dismantling a mudbrick wall that we uncovered last year, we came upon stone pillar bases in the mudbrick wall. At first the bases perplexed us. What were these stones doing amoing the mudbrick, but after we uncovered this nicely … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Bible, Judah, Khirbet Summeily | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dig at Khirbet Summeily this summer!

Mississippi State University will be excavating at Khirbet Summeily again this summer from 17 June to 20 July. It should be a great season. And as an added bonus, I’ll be there ;-). We’re expanding from the squares we’ve opened … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Bible, excavations, Judah, Khirbet Summeily | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts from ASOR

I am currently attending the conference of the American Schools of Oriental Research in San Francisco. ASOR is the main professional organization for archaeologists worldwide dealing with the Ancient Near East, including Israel. It is always a full program, no … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, artifacts, Discussion, Fiction, Judah, Scholarly articles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unique sculpted animal head discovered at Khirbet Summeily

I haven’t been able to share this before, as it was kept under wraps previously. We found a cool animal head at Khirbet Summeily! It’s made out of clay and I think it represents a lion, but because it’s not … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, artifacts, Bible, excavations, Judah, Khirbet Summeily | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments