Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1392 – 1393 Matthew Adams – Megiddo East Excavations & The Jezreel Valley Regional Project

Megiddo East excavation with Tel Megiddo in the background.

Megiddo East excavation with Tel Megiddo in the background.

Megiddo, any way you slice it a major site in Biblical Archaeology. And slice it they did, when the University of Chicago excavated the site in the early 20th century, a big gash right down the side of the tel. Not exactly standard practice, but a boon to later archaeologists in certain ways, as Matthew Adams explains on this program.

And actually we’re not focusing on Tel Megiddo, but rather a new excavation that’s begun across the highway to the east of the site. During the early Bronze Age (1,000 years before Abraham), Megiddo was one of the largest cities in the region, much larger than in later years. That’s the focus of this new excavation and our topic of discussion as we welcome Matthew Adams to the program.

In the second half of this conversation we widen the scope to discuss the wider Jezreel Valley and coordinating the many archaeological projects that have taken place in the valley over the years, and those that are planned in the future.

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