Journal of Eurasian Studies - EPA

Journal of Eurasian Studies - EPA

April‐June 2010 JOURNAL OF EURASIAN STUDIES Volume II., Issue 2.



Archaeology Has another mystery in the history

of Israel been solved? Prof. Gershon Galil of the

Department of Bible Studies at the University of

Haifa has identified Khirbet Qeiyafa as

“Neta’im”, which is mentioned in the book of

Chronicles. “The inhabitants of Neta’im were

potters who worked in the king’s service and

inhabited an important administrative center

near the border with the Philistines,” explains

Prof. Galil.

University of Haifa (Mar. 04, 2010)


Archaeology The ancient gravesite at the center

of ongoing tensions between the Haredi

community and the Health Ministry may have

belonged to pagans, as opposed to Jews,

according to new findings by the Israel

Antiquities Authority. The burial site was

discovered when Health Minister Yaakov

Litzman attempted to add a new wing to Barzilai

Medical Center in Ashkelon. Once the gravesite

was found at the original construction site, the

Antiquities Authority confirmed the graves

belonged to Jews, and put the project on

indefinite hold. (Mar. 14, 2010)‐gravesite‐at‐


Archaeology Ruins in northern Israel previously

thought to have been a synagogue have now

been identified as a 7th century palace used by

the Umayyad caliph who started construction of

Jerusalemʹs Dome of the Rock, archaeologists

said on Tuesday. The site on the shores of the Sea

of Galilee is that of the Al‐Sinnabra palace, which

was described by early Arab historians but

whose precise location had long been unknown,

according to Tel Aviv University, whose Institute

of Archaeology led the recent excavations.

AFP (Mar. 16, 2010)


Archaeology A new study of 16 of what are

called desert kites in the eastern Sinai Desert

confirms what many researchers have long

suspected: The walls form large funnels to direct

gazelle and other large game animals into killing

pits. Whatʹs more, the kites are between 2,300

and 2,400‐years‐old, were abandoned about

2,200 years ago and are just the right size to have

worked on local gazelles and other hooved


Discovery News (Apr. 20, 2010)‐lines‐


Archaeology New finds from dig shed light on

11th, 12th century BC dynasty. The great

kingdom of “Palestine” once existed within

Syrian and Turkish boundaries, a University of

Tennessee professor claimed in a statement

released Tuesday. Prof. J. P. Dessel asserted that

the commonwealth had been located between

the cities of Aleppo, Hama and Antakya, and the

Turkish‐Syrian border in the 12th and 11th

centuries BCE.

The Jerusalem Post (May 11, 2010)

Archaeology Part of the ancient aqueduct that

brought water to the Temple Mount has been

exposed near the Sultan’s Pool across from

Mt. Zion. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA)

says it found a “spectacular arched bridge” that

marked part of Jerusalem’s ancient water system

while conducting archaeological rescue

excavations prior to work on the city’s modern


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