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BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: January 20, 2010
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL VIEWS
From volunteer to field director

In 1992, Daniel Master was an archaeological neophyte whose first excavation experience was inspired by the pages of BAR‘s Dig Issue. Arriving at Ashkelon that summer, he could hardly have imagined that in 15 years he would become the excavation’s field director. Now, several degrees and an associate professorship at Wheaton College later, Professor Master leads teams of volunteers much like himself in excavating one of Israel’s most fascinating archaeological sites. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
BAS DIG SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT REPORT
A firsthand account of discovery, friendship and a fox at Tell es-Safi/Gath

Last week we featured an essay by Caroline Tully, a BAS dig scholarship winner who spent a season at Tell es-Safi/Gath. This week, Pennsylvania State University student Eric Welch reports from the same site on what was his fourth season helping to excavate the ancient Philistine city. He recounts his experience excavating and enjoying the camaraderie of his fellow volunteers under the hot desert sun, and reveals a startling source of help for the discovery of one of his most important finds of the season. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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EVENT WATCH
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World

The Science Museum of Minnesota will be the next to host The Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World. Over the eight-month run of this exhibit, museum goers will be able to experience the 2,000-year-old ancient manuscript fragments that were discovered over 60 years ago in caves along the Dead Sea. Believed to be the oldest known Biblical texts, controversy has surrounded the Dead Sea Scrolls since they were first discovered during the mid-20th century. The exhibit will explore the science and significance of the famed scrolls. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, an ancient church is uncovered on Cyprus, while alterations are underway in Iraq to remove the Jewish identity of the prophet Ezekiel from the site that is venerated as his tomb. Meanwhile in Israel, the threatened "tomb of the judges" in Jerusalem gains some surprising allies, and an ancient hoard of coins is discovered in Gaza. In Greece, new light is shed on an ancient mountaintop shrine of Zeus. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
DIG OF THE WEEK
Ashkelon: Summer of Fun and Philistines

Come to Ashkelon this summer and excavate the long-buried houses of the Biblical Canaanites and Philistines, all while enjoying the brilliant rays of the Mediterranean sun. After nearly two-and-a-half decades of excavation by Harvard University, the site of Ashkelon–breathtakingly located right on the shores of the Mediterranean–has produced extraordinary finds from the Bronze Age through the Crusader period, including the oldest known arched gateway, the massive ramparts of the Canaanite city, and the remains of the Philistine city utterly destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 604 B.C. Read more.

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BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY: FROM THE GROUND DOWN
Featuring Lawrence Stager of Harvard University on Ashkelon

How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? What challenges do they face? In this DVD, some of the world’s greatest scholars explain archaeology’s contribution to the understanding and interpretation of events in the Near East. Through Hershel Shanks’s probing questions to leading archaeologists, you will:

  • Learn how we know that the Israelites conquered Hazor and burnt it, just as the Bible says
  • Appreciate why Megiddo is being reexcavated, despite three previous excavations
  • Explore the site where Jezebel’s body was eaten by dogs
  • Witness the exciting instant when a volunteer uncovers a rare prize find–a bronze idol from a pre-Israelite stratum
  • See the excavation of the tomb of a one-year-old child buried with a gold earring
  • Learn about all the newest techniques used in modern archaeological excavations
  • See what it’s like to be a dig volunteer….and much, much more.

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EGYPT: AN ARMCHAIR TRAVELER’S GUIDE
Journey to Egypt without leaving home

Our tour to Egypt has just departed, but there will be another opportunity to join BAS on an adventure to Egypt down the road. In the meantime, why not take a voyage into Egypt’s legendary past from the comfort of your own home? Join us on a visceral, virtual journey to Egypt with the experts that know it best, including a video lecture on Queen Hatshepsut and in-depth articles on ancient Egyptian sites and rulers. Read more.

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CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
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Write a caption for this cartoon! The author of the best caption will receive a BAS T-shirt, a Dead Sea Scroll mug and three complimentary subscriptions to give BAR to friends. Runners-up will receive a BAS T-shirt and two complimentary subscriptions.The deadline for captions is February 15, 2010. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
INCOMPARABLE ISRAEL
Last chance to sign up! Tour departs February 1!

Visit one of the world’s most sacred and history-drenched lands on an adventure that only we can provide. Take an extraordinary journey through the Holy Land where three of the world’s largest religions converge in history. Experience the ancient world firsthand as you participate in an archaeological dig and see the sites and museums guided by top scholars and researchers. Your expert guide Amnon Wallenstein will bring ancient Israel to life before your eyes with his dynamic narrative and fantastic breadth of knowledge. Read more.

CONTENTS
Archaeological Views
Scholarship Recipient Report
Event Watch
Breaking News
Dig of the Week
From the Ground Down
Egypt Armchair Traveler
Cartoon Caption Contest
Incomparable Israel
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