Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1461 Todd Bolen-Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries of 2014

Herodium Excavations

Herodium Excavations (photo by Ferrell Jenkins)

So what would be your top picks for 2014? There was a dearth of sensational discoveries in 2014, and without a bunch of discovery announcements in December it would have been a very slim year of exciting discoveries. But we do have a list, which was picked up by Christianity Today.

Tops on the list was the discovery of a new monumental entrance to Herodium, Herod’s fortress/palace in the desert near Bethlehem, an entrance that was apparently never used because Herod decided to close it up and build a mausoleum nearby instead.

The second discovery on the list: a half-dozen bullae (clay seal impressions) found at a small site called Khirbet Summeily, on the Judahite/Philistine border.

Item #3 is a scarab of Pharaoh Sheshonq, know in the Bible as Shishak.

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