Bible and archaeology news
This summer, North Carolina State University and East Carolina University began a new excavation on Petra’s North Ridge, exposing evidence from shaft tombs, domestic structures and the city walls. Much of Petra’s early archaeology focused on the monumental remains, and this new project aims to balance our image of the city by investigating the lives of Petra’s non-elite citizens. Shaft tomb excavations exposed human remains alongside burial goods including jewelry fragments, oil lamps and perfume bottles. The team’s work on two Roman-era domestic structures, both destroyed in a 4th-century C.E. earthquake, will help archaeologists understand the local diet, trade and economy.
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The team was able to date the city’s wall to the early 2nd century C.E., around the time when the Romans annexed the Nabatean Kingdom. It is unclear whether the walls were built to (unsuccessfully) thwart the Roman invaders, or whether they were built after the annexation to reinforce the new Roman territory. We hope this mystery is solved when the NC State and East Carolina University team returns to the field in 2014.
Site-Seeing: Petra’s Temple of the Winged Lions by Glenn J. Corbett
Solving the Enigma of Petra and the Nabataeans by Glenn J. Corbett
New Petra Monument Spotted Through Satellites
Re-dating Nabatean Farming at Petra
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If this is a biblical archeology site, why are you using CE instead of AD? The meaning is the same: it is all based on Jesus’ birth so why hide it? What is the ‘Common Era’ but the centuries after His birth, and BCE (Before the Common Era) refer to the years before? It’s rather dishonest really. Otherwise, I’m enjoying the articles. Thanks.