Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1291 Temple Mount Bell and Gath Altar

Archaeologist Aren Maier and the 2-horned altar

Archaeologist Aren Maier and the 2-horned altar

This is a very exciting time of the year in Biblical Archaeology. Many of the excavations are wrapping up in Israel and reports of the season’s discoveries are making it into the news.

Leading off this week’s program, we return to an excavation site we visited just a couple of weeks ago, Tel es-Safi/Gath. Archaeologist Aren Maier is excited about the discovery of a two-horned altar at Gath. It is similar to the altars described in the Bible, and others that have been found at sites such as Beersheba and Arad, but they all had four horns. You can also visit the Gath blog and check out this video of Aren Maier explaining the discovery in his own words.

Also on this week’s s program, listeners have the opportunity to hear a bell that has not rung for 2,000 years. The tiny bell, which may have adorned the robe of a temple priest, was discovered very recently in the drain under the road that goes along the western wall, in the vicinity of Robinson’s Arch. Actually the sound of the bell is more like a tinkle, it’s a very small bell.

We finish the program with a quick look at new archaeology taking place at the very important site of Shechem, near the modern city of Nablus. Archaeologists working under the Palestinian Authority are now preparing the site for future visitors. Excavations at Shechem after World War II helped prepare a new generation of American archaeologists for the work that lay ahead of them.



2 responses

  1. The sound of the bell is silent in your MP3. Most of us who followed this story heard it in the original YouTube video, but you might want to consider editing your MP3 for posterity.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

  2. George, it does appear as though the sound does not come through on the mp3 for some technical reason. It is actually there, but it’s not very impressive is it?

    August 4, 2011 at 6:48 am

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