Wednesday, November 7, 2007

BAR Highlights: 11/7/07

More recent archaeological news from Biblical Archaeology Review:

Fragment of Key Bible Manuscript Returned
A small section of the Book of Exodus from the Aleppo Codex, until 1947 the oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, has been given to the State of Israel by the family of a man who saved it during riots in Syria in 1947.

Tut Meets the Public
Egyptian authorities have moved King Tut’s mummy into a special case to protect it from moisture, allowing the public to see the Boy King’s face for the first time.

“The House of Millions of Years”
Archaeologists are uncovering the temple of Amenhotep III, the most impressive temple building of its time.

It’s in the Cards
Remember the deck of cards that featured the 52 Most Wanted officials of Saddam Hussein’s regime? Now American soldiers in Iraq are being given decks to help them recognize and protect ancient artifacts.

Synagogue to Be Linked to Western Wall
Underground passageways will connect a rebuilt synagogue inside the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City to the tunnels alongside the Western Wall.

Muslim Temple Mount Officials Sued
A group of Israeli citizens is taking the Waqf, the Muslim religious trust in charge of the Temple Mount, to court, accusing it of deliberate destruction of Jewish antiquities.

Iraq Dam Danger
Engineers fear that an earthen dam north of Mosul, the site of ancient Nineveh, could collapse any day and cause catastrophic loss of life.

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