Thanks for sharing this news, Toto.Toto wrote:There are several stories (some behind paywalls) on this excavation:
http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Shik ... ori-322063The Excavations at Shikhin is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, international, cultural heritage project whose goal is the recovery and preservation of the site of Shikhin in the Lower Galilee of Israel. Samford University is the primary sponsoring institution. Professor James Riley Strange of Samford University, USA, serves as Director. Associate Directors are Professor Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret College and the Institute of Galilean Archaeology, Israel, and Professor David Fiensy of Kentucky Christian University, USA.
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Samf ... 705846.phpFindings include ancient synagogue, remnants of pottery production, could be instrumental in the study of the origins of Christianity.
Dr. Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret College’s Institute for Galilean Archeology and co-director of the Shikhin expedition, said on Sunday the findings so far include evidence of an ancient synagogue and remnants of pottery production.
“Who were the Galileans?” he asked. “Where they remnants from the First Temple period? Were they people who came from Judea? Were they people who converted [to Judaism]?” Aviam noted historian Flavius Josephus, and in the Talmud as a village home to many potters that the village is mentioned along with neighboring city Sepphoris (modern Tzipori) by first-century historian Josephus. . .
I guess they always immediately try to connect finds to the Bible. Still, it's interesting.