In the BAR IV

Last week the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) showed up in my mailbox.

As always I eagerly scanned the contents to see what exciting articles it contained.

Today I saw on Luke Chandler’s Blog that archaeologists found a chisel used to build the Western Wall. I realized that I still needed to write my In the BAR post for the new issue.

Here are the links to the previous posts:

In the BAR

In the BAR II

In the BAR III

The lead article in this issues is Was Herod’s Tomb Really Found?

Herodium, Bethlehem, Mausoleum, Herod's Tomb?, BARWe did not get the chance to go into the Herodium, but did drive by it when we were south of Bethlehem after visiting the Church of the Nativity.

Herodium, Bethlehem, Mausoleum, Herod's Tomb?, BARHere we have a closer look at some of the excavation work they are doing. I believe that this is the area of the Mausoleum that they found on the slope of the Herodium.

If you look closely you can see a shepherd and sheep on the slope.

Herodium, Bethlehem, Mausoleum, Herod's Tomb?, BARI zoomed in to take a look at the top of the Herodium. You can see here that there is a road that goes to the top. Look in the BAR to see pictures of the hollowed out top of the structure.

The article in BAR is fascinating as it looks at questions about where in the complex Herod is buried and also the use of other structures. The mound was originally topped by a large palace or fortress.

Lower Herodium, Bethlehem, Mausoleum, Herod's Tomb?, BAR, King HerodThey have also been excavating the Lower Herodium. There is a large pool, bathhouse and palace in the lower section.

In the picture above you can see the large pool surrounded by columns.

Lower Herodium, Bethlehem, Mausoleum, Herod's Tomb?, BAR, King HerodHere we can see both the Lower and Upper Herodium. It was a very large complex.

Someday I would like to go back to Israel and the Herodium is definitely on the list of places that I would like to visit next time.

In this issue of BAR there are also articles about Queen Helena’s palace and tomb in Jerusalem and an inscription that was recently found. The inscription is from the time of David and Solomon, and may be the oldest one found in Jerusalem.

Some fascinating reading!

Now to get reading the background material for my trip to Turkey that is coming up very quickly!






Under the Microscope

Today I finished reading a great autobiography by Professor Earl Owen.

He tells his life story inĀ under the microscope: The Story of an Australian Medical Pioneer.

Under the Microscope: The Story of an Australian Medical Pioneer - Professor Earl Owen - microsurgery

I found out about this book when I was in Australia earlier this year. One of my colleagues had been to his book launch and told me about the book.

Professor Owen has a passion for making possible life saving and life giving surgery techniques. He was born with a birth defect that was mistreated and this inspired him to help build the knowledge of and expertise to better deal with birth defects. He grew up in a family of doctors and this also helped enable him to achieve his dreams.

While finishing his training in England he worked with Zeiss in Germany to help develop one of the first surgical microscopes. He also worked with other companies to develop miniature tools and sutures to make microsurgery possible.

Under the Microscope: The Story of an Australian Medical Pioneer - Professor Earl Owen - microsurgeryProfessor Owen has worked closely with Zeiss for decades to help improve the equipment needed for microsurgery and also to help teach techniques to doctors around the world.

The list of surgery procedures he pioneered is impressive. The techniques have been used to help people all over the world.

Professor Owen also has a few hobbies, including being an accomplished pianist and designing chairs and pens. He is well known for one set of chairs that he designed. He designed the replacements to the very uncomfortable seats of the Sydney Opera House.

I always like to read books about the history of Medicine. This book reminds me of the rapid changes in medical technology in the past 30 years. I am glad that I have had a small part in some of those changes. Hearing or reading about how medical technology helps people are some of the moments that I work for.