Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1160-1161 The 2009 Excavation Season

One of our longest running traditions is our annual review of plans for the upcoming excavation season. The Biblical Archaeology Review compiles a list of excavations every year. They used to print the list in their January-February issue, but now they have a website where the list is made available, findadig.com.

We always encourage our listeners to consider experiencing an excavation first hand. Archaeology is one of the few scientific disciplines that relies on the contributed labor of ordinary men and women. And therefore, some of the biggest discoveries are made by ordinary men and women, although usually it gets credited to the head archaeologist who announces the discovery.

Some interesting excavations are planned for the year ahead. Who knows what great discoveries lie ahead? A year ago we were hardly aware of the excavation at Khirbet Qeiyafa. Now we’re calling it one of the most important excavations of the decade.

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