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Posted 19 August 2017 - 02:03 AM

Two Mikvahs Exposed in Vilna’s Great Synagogue 70 Years after Destruction
 
By JNi.Media -  25 Av 5777 – August 17, 2017
 
"In July, a team of Israeli, Lithuanian and American archaeologists unearthed the remains of two ritual baths that were used by congregants at the Great Synagogue in Vilna, today the capital of Lithuania. This synagogue, which was at heart of the Vilna’s large Jewish community for hundreds of years, was completely destroyed in the Holocaust, but evidence of underground spaces discovered in a study carried out last year led to the excavation of the site and the exposure of the ritual baths."

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 10:33 AM

A Solar Eclipse and Old Testament Chronology
 
Posted on August 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
 
"Here in the United States there is much excitement about the total solar eclipse that will take place on 21 August 2017. But did you know that the solar eclipse of June 15, 763 B.C. holds the key to the chronology of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)?"

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 04:06 AM

Classical Corner: A Comet Gives Birth to an Empire
 
From the September/October 2017 Biblical Archaeology Review
 
Sarah K. Yeomans   •  08/21/2017
 
"For as long as human beings have existed, surely no part of the natural world has been more enigmatic or influential as the movement of observable celestial objects. Earth’s movement around the sun set the agricultural cycles by which the large majority of humanity lived until our own, very recently arrived, modern era, while the moon’s effect on the ocean’s tides profoundly influenced the day-to-day lives and economies of ancient seafaring nations ..."
 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 05:00 AM

What Lies Beneath: Satellite Archaeology in the Middle East
 
Published online 30 August 2017
 
Sarah Parcak on the ethics and future trajectory of space archaeology in the region.
 
Meredith Brand

"For almost 20 years, Sarah Parcak, professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, has combed through satellite images of Egypt and the Middle East to find clues to ancient landscapes. 
 
Parcak’s resume is impressive. She won the $1 million 2016 TED prize, has written a seminal textbook on satellite archaeology, as well as numerous other scholarly publications on the topic."
 

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 03:31 AM

Earliest Recorded Use of Zero is Centuries Older Than First Thought
 
 9/14/2017 10:00:00 PM
 
"The concept and associated value of the mathematical symbol ‘zero’ is used the world over as a fundamental numerical pillar. However, its origin has until now been one of the field’s greatest conundrums."
 

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 03:41 AM

The Phoenician Alphabet in Archaeology
 
What did the Phoenicians record with their innovative script?
 
Josephine Quinn   •  09/12/2017
 
These Phoenicians who came with Cadmus…brought with them to Greece, among many other kinds of learning, the alphabet, which had been unknown before this, I think, to the Greeks.—Herodotus 5.58
 
"Herodotus’s story of the foundation of Greek Thebes by the Tyrian prince Cadmus may be more myth than history, but the detail about the alphabet is true: in fact, the Phoenician script was borrowed by the Greeks and then the Romans, as well as the Israelites."

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 03:43 AM

PUBLIC RELEASE: 22-SEP-2017
 
Ancient Textiles Reveal Differences in Mediterranean Fabrics in the 1st Millennium BC
 
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
 
"Textiles represent one of the earliest human craft technologies and applied arts, and their production would have been one of the most important time, resource and labour consuming activities in the ancient past."
 

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 03:47 AM

Of interest:
 
PUBLIC RELEASE: 22-SEP-2017
 
700-Year-Old Saint Myth has been Proven (Almost) True
 
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK
 
"Scientists confirm that the age and content of an old sack is in accordance with a medieval myth about Saint Francis of Assisi.
 
For more than 700 years the Friary of Folloni near Montella in Italy has protected and guarded some small fragments of textile."

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 10:25 AM

Black Sea Ghostly Graveyard

Ghostly graveyard of 60 perfectly preserved ancient shipwrecks is found by climate scientists at the bottom of the Black Sea
 
  • The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project has been scouring the sea bed of the Black Sea
  • The primary focus is to carry out geophysical surveys, but 60 ancient shipwrecks have also been found
  • Galleys hail from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, with some ships dating back 2,500 years
  • They are almost perfectly preserved due to the lack of oxygen in the Black Sea's 'dead zone' 
 
By Harry Pettit For Mailonline
 
PUBLISHED: 19:42 +10:00, 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 04:05 +10:00, 20 September 2017
 

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 10:28 AM

Sargon II, "King of the World"
 
"He believed he had been endowed by the gods with an exceptional intelligence, superior to that of the previous kings, including the famous Sargon of Akkad himself. He was convinced that his gods approved his policies. He was a king of justice and, therefore, his wars were just. He was a warlord, who personally led numerous military campaigns, but sometimes delegated the command of an expedition to one of his generals, contrary to what is written. It was natural decorum for him to describe the atrocities as normal episodes in battle descriptions. He used intimidation tactics, a kind of "psychological" warfare in the modern sense of the term: for example, to demoralize the inhabitants of the city that he wanted to conquer, he would display decapitated or flayed victims. He was highly effective in terms of military intelligence and strategy in his quest for victory."
 
See Also: Sargon II, King of Assyria (SBL Press, 2017).
 
By Josette Elayi
Editor of Transeuphratène
Honorary researcher, CNRS
Paris
 
September 2017
 

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 11:37 AM

Of interest:

 

The Christian Monks Who Saved Jewish History

 

By: Malka Simkovich
 
September 2017
 
"Many Jews view the Second Temple period as a “filler” period that bridges the biblical period and the rabbinic period. Some figures who appear in the latest strata of the Hebrew Bible, Ezra and Nehemiah are viewed by many of these Jews as proto-rabbis who forged the way into the rabbinic period. Yet it was during the late Second Temple period—the second century BCE through 70 CE—that Jews became especially prolific, writing a vast body of diverse literature that includes the entire body of the Dead Sea Scroll library, the voluminous treatises written by Philo of Alexandria, and the writings of Josephus, not to mention the many other Jewish texts written in Greek.
 
And this only comprises the material that survives to the present day. One can barely imagine how many thousands of other documents were composed and did not survive the two millennia."
 

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:03 AM

@ The Conversation
 

Friday Essay: The Recovery of Cuneiform, the World’s Oldest Known Writing
 
October 6, 2017 6.05am AEDT
 
"It is a little-known piece of history that Saddam Hussein was a great fan of ancient Mesopotamian literature. His enthusiasm for epics written in cuneiform – the world’s oldest known form of writing – can be seen in his own efforts at writing political romance novels and poetry. Hussein’s first novel, Zabibah and the King, blended the Epic of Gilgamesh with the 1001 Nights, and was adapted into a television series and a musical."

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:10 AM

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Second Campaign of Excavations Completed on Roman Wreck Carrying Tin Ingots off the Coast of Brittany
 
10/08/2017 09:00:00 PM
 
"A rare and exceptional site", is how Olivia Hulot, in charge of mission at DRASSM (Department of Underwater and Submarine Archaeological Research), described the Roman wreck of the 3rd century, found 20 m deep, east of Batz Island located off the coast of Brittany in north-western France, where a second campaign of excavations has just ended."
 

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:16 AM

ANCIENT JEW REVIEW
 
OCTOBER 11, 2017
 
“Curiosity Cures the Reb:’” Studying Talmudic Medical Discourses in Context
 
by Lennart Lehmhaus in Articles
 

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