Current Events Articles: September 2010

Royal Box of King Herod Uncovered at Herodium posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

A “royal box” built at the upper level of King Herod's private theater at Herodium has been fully exposed in recent excavations at the site, providing a further indication of the luxurious lifestyle favored by the famed Judean monarch.

British Museum to Lend Cyrus Cylinder to Iran posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The British Museum said it will lend Iran the Cyrus Cylinder for a period of four months, allowing the treasure to be featured in an exhibition opening Sept. 12 at the National Museum of Iran. Together with two fragments of contemporary Cuneiform tablets, it will be the centrepiece of an exhibition that celebrates a great moment in the history of the Middle East. The loan reciprocates the generous loans made by the National Museum of Iran to the Forgotten Empire and Shah Abbas exhibitions in 2005 and 2009 at the British Museum.

For more on the Cyrus Cylinder, see this article by Dr. Bryant Wood:

The Ongoing Saga of the Cyrus Cylinder: The Internationally-Famous Grandam of Ancient Texts

3000 Year Old Moabite Temple Found in Jordan posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Archaeologists recently unveiled what they described as one of the most important Iron Age discoveries in the region, including a 3,000-year-old Moabite temple.Department of Antiquities (DoA) Director General Ziad Saad announced the recent discovery of the largest early Iron Age temple in the region, dating back to between 1200 and 600 BC. The three-storey temple, which includes a 12-by-12-metre courtyard, yielded over 300 Moabite artefacts, leading experts to believe it was once a political and religious base for the Moabite kingdom.

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