Can You Dig It?

bethsaida1If you’ve always wanted to be like Indiana Jones, and participate in a real archaeology dig–The Biblical Archaeology Review publishes a list of projects looking for volunteers, here.

More than 30 archaeological digs throughout Europe and the Middle East are looking for volunteers this summer to help them excavate history.

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Digital Hammurabi

Read about the Digital Hammurabi project at Johns Hopkins here, and learn a little more about cuneiform tablets in the process.

Hebrew Seal

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This seal was discovered the day before Halloween, 2008, in Jerusalem. It is dated to the seventh century BC, in the time of Manasseh or Josiah, kings of Judea. If archaeology interests you, you can learn more at the Israel Antiquities Authority site.

The seal is a reverse image, because it is meant to leave an impression when stamped in clay or wax.  Hebrew is written from right to left, but you can read the mirror image of the letters above from left to right: L-H-G-B, “for Hagab.”  The script uses the archaic alphabet that the Hebrews shared with the Phonecians.