Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Tel Shimron excavation

BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: New Excavations at Tel Shimron. Uncovering the largest archaeological site in Israel’s Jezreel Valley (Megan Sauter).
Led by Daniel M. Master of Wheaton College and Mario Martin of Tel Aviv University, the Tel Shimron Excavation is the first expedition to explore the ancient mound. Although the site has appeared in significant ancient documents—from Egyptian execration texts (c. 2000 B.C.E.) to the Talmud (fourth century C.E.)—this marks the first time we have extensive archaeological evidence to flesh out its story.

Daniel M. Master explores this significant site in his article “Launching Excavations at Tel Shimron,” published in the September/October 2018 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. He explains that part of what drew him and Mario Martin to Tel Shimron was its historical breadth: “It was never far from the forefront of events in Galilee during the Amarna period of the Late Bronze Age, during the times of the Hebrew Bible, and even during the time of the First Jewish Revolt when the Jewish historian Josephus was defending Galilee.”
This a summary of the BAR article. The full article is behind the subscription wall.

Visit PaleoJudaica daily for the latest news on ancient Judaism and the biblical world.