Category Archives: Archaeology & Politics

5,000 Years of Jerusalem History–in Under 3 Minutes | VIDEO

OK, so there are a few gaps, and it’s a little short on details in places… BUT how would you do if presented with the same challenge? What would you include? More importantly, perhaps: What would you leave out? This … Continue reading

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UPDATED Going Hog Wild at Tel Shiloh

If you wondered what those millions of shekels were buying at Tel Shiloh — the massive funding, both public and private, being thrown at the site, as detailed in my previous (2012) post on this topic — the disturbing answer … Continue reading

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UPDATED | Nabi Samwil: Just beneath the surface, a thick layer of injustice

The fascinating site of Nabi Samwil is one which I’ve simply never paid enough attention to. I have been there a handful of times, know the general background, the history and archaeology, and have taken people there (by request) to … Continue reading

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UPDATED / Herod’s Tomb in Plastic: A Learning Aid, or “Disneyland”?

Today’s Haaretz newspaper carries an article about changes afoot at the Herodion (or “Herodium”, as I prefer) national park site in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. One change — already in place — is a 4-meter-high model of the mausoleum of Herod the Great … Continue reading

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Politicians + Archaeology = A Bad Mix. The Case of the Temple Purity Seal

A unique and important find connected with the rituals of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was announced the other day by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and quickly made the rounds of the usual media outlets. Quick out of … Continue reading

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Is Israeli Archaeology an “Old Boys’ Club”?

In a follow-up interview in Tuesday’s Haaretz newspaper, Benjamin Kedar, outgoing chairman of the IAA Board of Directors responds to this query, and weighs in on a host of other issues impacting archaeological thinking and practice in Israel (and Israeli-occupied East … Continue reading

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Is Israeli Archaeology Being Politicized (more than it already is)?

An article in Monday’s Haaretz newspaper explores issues potentially impacting the upper echelons — the decision- and policy-makers — within Israel’s archaeological community. The specific issue has to do with the makeup of the IAA board of directors and a related advisory … Continue reading

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