There are a number of unpublished Dead Sea Scroll fragments in the possession of U.S. institutions. We discuss the significance and meaning of this situation, and whether they will be published soon. This story is one of the news digest items from the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine.
The discovery of a large theater, apparently used for cultic worship, at the decapolis city of Hippos/Sussita is another news development reported in ARTIFAX. We discuss these stories and others from the latest issue.
Archaeologists found a bronze mask of the Greek/Roman god Pan at the decapolis city of Hippos/Sussita. Who was Pan and how did he relate to the biblical story? That’s one of the topics we discuss in this program, reporting on news digest items from the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine.
Other topics include an ancient Christian grave yard found in Saudi Arabia, and a cache of Egyptian seals from in the Negev desert.
Further reports on discoveries of the 2010 excavation season include discussion of the report of a Canaanite bracelet being found in the excavation of the remains of a small village near the city of Sefat. The excavation of a small village is a rare occurrence, archaeologists have the opportunity here for further excavations which may provide new insights into Canaanite village life.
Other discoveries we discuss in this week’s program include a fresco from the decapolis city of Hippos/Sussita, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. And the discovery of a huge golden coin at Tel Kedesh, one of the cities of refuge described in the Old Testament (although this coin was from a later period).