Archaeology Journalism During ‘Lockdown,’ and Our Israelite Alphabet

Podcast: A recap of ‘lockdown’ discoveries and articles, plus a teaser for our three-part ‘Alphabet’ series
Face masks and archaeology at Kfar Kama, near Mount Tabor: Greek Catholic Church representatives are toured around the site of a 1,300-year-old village church.
Anya Kleiner | Israel Antiquities Authority

It’s been a long and difficult summer, with coronavirus lockdowns shuttering many in Israel and abroad. One of the victims is the archaeology “industry,” with regular excavations largely grinding to a halt. There has, therefore, been a corresponding lull in archaeological reporting—leading some journalists to write almost humorously grand articles on more “mundane” finds! Nevertheless—despite a summer’s lockdown—in the world of archaeology, you never know what exciting new discovery is about to be unveiled. (The Isaiah bulla a case in point—released eight years after its excavation!) So stay tuned.

At Watch Jerusalem, we’ve maintained a steady stream of articles and analyses on past (and even future!) discoveries—everything from a bullae “timeline” to Leviathan to the Tomb of King David. On today’s podcast, host Christopher Eames provides a rundown of some of Watch Jerusalem’s latest archaeology articles, as well as some upcoming pieces (King Ahab’s horses, and a Philistine seal discovered in Ireland). He also summarizes his new three-part series on the ancient Hebrew alphabet—how we English-speakers have come to adopt it as our own.

Show Notes