In the early days of The Book & The Spade radio program, we relied on two key resources to find out what was going on in biblical archaeology: Biblical Archaeology Review and the Jerusalem Post. Now, with the internet, many more sources are available to us. But Biblical Archaeology Review continues to be the of the leading resources for information on biblical archaeology.
So, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Biblical Archaeology Review, we talked with Hershel Shanks about the world of biblical archaeology news and the significance of biblical archaeology. In the second half of the interview, Hershel participated in our annual discussion of the upcoming excavation season, and which sites are going to be excavated. That was a discussion that was always, in the early days, precipitated by the arrival of the January-February issue, with its list of excavation opportunities.
Those opportunities continue to exist, for the sites we discuss, and many more. We hope some of our listeners will take the opportunity to get involved in an actual archaeological excavation.