Bible and archaeology news
The University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute excavated the ancient site of Megiddo for nearly a decade and a half (1925–1939) and now houses hundreds of treasures unearthed from the famous Biblical site of Armageddon. A new volume, Ancient Israel: Highlights from the Collections of the Oriental Institute, showcases the excavation’s many unique finds and discoveries, including the beautiful Megiddo ivories, proto-Aeolic capitals that may have adorned Solomonic buildings and a wide assortment of Syro-Palestinian pottery spanning the millennia. The book, which is available for purchase or as a free pdf download, also includes informative discussions about Megiddo’s complex and controversial stratigraphy, the origins of the Israelites and ongoing debates over the Solomonic date of many of the site’s most famous structures.
The Early Bronze Age Great Temple at Megiddo is “the most monumental single edifice so far uncovered in the EB I Levant and ranks among the largest structures of its time in the Near East.” Discover what the temple and Megiddo teach us about the birth of cities in the Levant.
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