Friday, July 24, 2020

Grim times for Israel's archaeology

IT'S LOOKING VERY BAD: Another victim of the coronavirus in Israel: archaeological excavations. “Usually around this time we would have about 50 excavations organized by universities from abroad...[but] this year everything got cancelled," said Gideon Avni (Rossella Tercatin, Jerusalem Post).

The Azekah excavation is still running at a reduced level. Salvage operations continue. But most university digs that rely on international student volunteers are canceled.

I noted an earlier article on this subject here. The news since then has mostly been bad. The exception is the good news that the SWBTS archaeology program has been taken on Lipscomb University.

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