Two things for me to read…

Babylon’s remains date back thousands of years and were rediscovered by Robert Koldeway, a German archaeologist, at the end of the 19th century. Famous for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Babylon was also home to the Ishtar Gate, now in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. During the reign of Saddam Hussein, much reconstruction took place at the site and a modern palace was built on a promontory overlooking the ancient city.

Since the American military withdrew from Babylon, WMF has been working with Iraq’s State Board of Antiquities and Heritage to conserve the fragile archaeological remains. Many challenges remain: repairing the damage caused by the military, assessing the effects of the 20th-century reconstructions at the site, and helping the Iraqi authorities make the site ready for visitors to once again enjoy the wonders of this site in the cradle of civilization. [source]


Bar Ilan University archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of a Philistine temple in the ancient city of Gath, home of the Biblical Goliath, buried in one of the largest tels (ancient ruin mounds) in Israel.

The temple and a number of ritual items dating back to the 10th century BCE were discovered at Tel Tsafit (Tell es-Safit/Gath) by Professor Aren Maeir of BIU’s Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology and his international team. The tel is located about halfway between Ashkelon and Jerusalem, near Kiryat Gat along the southern coastal plain.

“Interestingly, the architectural design of this temple, with its two central pillars, is reminiscent of the architectural image that is described in the well-known Biblical story of Samson and the Philistines,” Maeir said. He added that the discovery could indicate that the story of Samson reflects a type of temple that was in use in Philistia at the time. [source]