Arkeologi i Israel 8/2011

The Bible and Interpretation har nyleg presentert si oppdatering over aktuelle saker knytt til arkeologi i Israel (og dei palestinske områda):

Archaeology in Israel Update — August 2011 

Her er det blant anna rapport om funna som i det siste er gjort i den interessante tunnelen frå tempelhøgda ned mot Siloadammen:

From the waste water channel that runs from the Temple Mount to the Siloam Pool, in which the small golden bell was recently found, a Roman sword with part of an attached belt and a small inscribed stone were recently uncovered in the silt by Eli Shukron, working for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The sword had a two-foot iron blade and is a military type that Shukron believes may have been stolen from the Roman garrison by a rebel Jew and then abandoned in the escape passage. The inscribed stone, from the same period, of the Roman destruction of the City in 70 CE, shows a menorah of five branches on a triple leg base. It is a fairly rough rendition and unclear why only five branches are shown though it may be that the artist did not want to reproduce the exact form of the menorah, which would have been considered sacrilegious outside the Temple. The sword was found fused to its leather scabbard, badly decayed but with two ring buckles that had attached it to a soldier’s belt.

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