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... it was fabulous. Then we drove to Jericho which is off to the left on that main northern road. Jericho is the lowest city on Earth at 258m below sea level and also claims to be the oldest city on Earth having been inhabited since 8000 BCE. Occupation of old Jericho ended at the time of the Babylonian exile in 586 BCE. This is the place that Joshua conquered in 1200 BCE by marching around the walls blowing the ram's horns. The site of the ...
... on the verge of war. I have to admire the tenacity of the Israeli people; for them this is, sadly, a fact of life. I see changes...mostly in the people....a little greyer, a bit more frail....but all still on fire with passion for what they do. The workshops were all very interesting; of course I can always listen to Dr. Yehudah Bauer, but I also really enjoyed the father and son team of Serge and Arno Klarsfeld. Serge was the one who brought Klaus Barbie to ...
... and Islamic/Crusader pottery; I recognized a few pieces from Grid 44 from last year. And well, that's it. See ya tomorrow.
P.S. We're making the news of Biblical Archaeology Society:
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... the city of Ashkelon from 3000 BC to 604 BC by Dr. Master. In Grid 51 we are working in the early Persian Period of Ashkelon, this would be about the 5th century BC (circa 550 BC). This would be after Nebuchadnezzar's destruction of the city, about the time the Phoenicians took over. I expect most of the artifacts we will soon be finding will be distinctively Phoenician since this strata dates ...
... Near East, a center for commerce as the spice routes and trading trails of the time all flowed through Petra. Their prosperity (Petra was probably one of the wealthiest cities in the world in its day) in the middle of one of the harshest climates on earth is an untold story.
At its peak the city of Petra was home to some 20,000 Nabataeans who, in the midst of the desert, built an ingenious system of waterways to provide their city with the precious ...