Also on these boards
A CANAANITE GOLD AND STEATITE SCARAB RING CIRCA 1700-1500 B.C. The beetle naturalistically detailed, the underside with lion with gaping jaws moving to right, a figure-of-eight in the field, in a gold setting with borders of twisted and plaited wires, mounted as a swivel ring
These are from a field trip we took yesterday to a nearby site called Bachias. There’s not much out there on it, but it’s a pretty neat site. A small Italian team has been working there since 1993 or 1994. It’s Late Period through Roman. These are just a few little shots that I thought were interesting from a more general archaeological perspective.
“A huge green oasis” is how Dr. Ir. Mark Driessen describes it. “That’s what this part of the desert must have looked like in past times.” In Antiquity, an ingenious system of underground canals, hacked out of the limestone bedrock, in addition to specially built aqueducts and reservoirs with capacities of millions of liters of water, transformed this marginal region into a complex man-made landscape.”