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Walls of Jericho

31st july 1956, on bbc 1 tv (in black-and-white)
the walls of jericho (presented by glyn daniel) (in the buried treasure archive series)


In the beginning

last sunday evening (22nd july), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from august 2013 and april 2013)
in the beginning (presented by richard miles) (1st of 3 episodes in the archaeology: a secret history series)

“Archaeologist Richard Miles presents a series charting the history of the breakthroughs and watersheds in our long quest to understand our ancient past.
He begins by going back 2,000 years to explore how archaeology began by trying to prove a biblical truth – a quest that soon got archaeologists into dangerous water.”


Today: Jerusalem edition

this morning (friday 11th), 6.08-6.10am, 6.19-6.28am, 6.36-6.40am, 6.51-6.57am, 7.09-7.16am, 7.26-7.31am, 7.37-7.45am, 8.10-8.27am, and 8.41-9.00am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by martha kearney in jerusalem) leads with …

We’re in Jerusalem at a time of increased tensions

including contributions from …
• finance expert tim weller
doron kolton of top spin cybersecurity,
manal white, managing director of west bank olive oil exporter zaytoun
• bbc reporter yolande knell
amira hass of haaretz
gil hoffman of jerusalem post
• dr mahmoud al-zahar, co-founder of hamas, who says that england expelled its jews in the 13th century, and set them up in palestine as compensation
avner gvaryahu of breaking the silence
elie bogdan of my truth
donald mcintyre, author of gaza: preparing for dawn
yael ben-yashar of settlement beit-el
daniel aryeh, tefilin-maker
anton salman, mayor of bethlehem
alah, owner, afteem restaurant, manger square, bethlehem
linda, tour guide, yad mordechai kibbutz near gaza
ilan meiri, tour guide, yad mordechai kibbutz near gaza
olah scafi, gaza protester: “the land wants blood”
rafif, young gaza woman “from jaffa”
• bbc reporter jeremy bowen
• dr mustafa barghouti
danny ayalon
john sode-woodhead, chartered institute of archaeologists
• bbc reporter tom bateman

Witness: Masada

last tuesday morning (9th august), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio (repeated on the history hour on sunday evening)
the excavation of masada (presented by lucy burns) (in the witness series)

” In August 1963, work started on the excavation of one of Israel’s most important archaeological sites – Masada by the Dead Sea, site of a famous mass suicide two thousand years ago.
David Stacey was one of the volunteers on the dig.”


Outlook: sunken treasure

this evening (monday11th), 8.23-8.29pm, on bbc world service radio
outlook (presented by nick ericsson) includes …

Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra’anan are from the Israeli city of Ra’anana, and get together on free days and weekends to explore the coastline around the country.
Three months ago a dive off the ancient port of Caesarea brought some unexpected treasure… “


Archaeology on the Temple Mount

this morning (sunday 3rd), 7.08-7.12am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) includes …

“Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet at the Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem have angered Israeli researchers who say previously undocumented ancient floor designs were discovered when the old carpets were removed.
Daniel Estrin, a journalist based in Jerusalem, explains why they are angry.”


THE FIFTH FLOOR: reports from Gaza, 2014

bbc world service radio’s the fifth floor is a weekly 55-minute programme (fridays, 11.05am gmt) comprising about 5 or 6 stories from different countries, and describing itself as:

“A fresh look at the stories of the week with journalists from our 27 language sections.”

since hebrew is not one of those 27 languages (it was from 30th october 1949 to 28th october 1968) – but arabic is – the producers have a perfect excuse for including stories from gaza but not from israel

so far in 2014, there have been 4 stories from gaza (out of over 200 stories), and none from the west bank or israel:
The Apollo of Gaza • Gaza’s Only Music School • Stories from the Frontline: Gaza • Gaza in Sound

21st february
The Apollo of Gaza (6 minutes):

“A statue thought to be an ancient bronze of Apollo, Greek God of poetry and love, has dropped off the radar after being found in the sea off Gaza last summer and surfacing briefly on eBay. It is 2,500 years old and priceless.
Shahdi Alkashif from BBC Arabic reports.”

(if you miss it, available from 0:13:35 to 0:19:10 at

21st march
Gaza’s Only Music School (9 minutes):

“The Edward Said school currently has 185 students and is struggling on despite being pushed to the financial brink. It was founded in 2008, to teach young Gazans to read music, sing and play eastern and western instruments.
Shahdi Alkashif from BBC Arabic reports from his visit to the school.”
(introduction, by presenter david amanor🙂 “It’s surely hard enough to find your daily bread in Gaza, let alone train your children in classical music!”

(still available from 0:09:30 to 0:18:30 at

8th august
Stories from the Frontline: Gaza (6 minutes):

How do you cope when your home is a conflict zone?
For the last month, BBC Arabic’s Shahdi Alkashif has been sleeping on the floor of his office in Gaza. Shahdi has been on the ground reporting the war for BBC Arabic, and he tells david amanor on how this is affecting life for him and his family.”
(introduction, by presenter david amanor🙂 “He’s been reporting the conflict in Gaza that has shocked and disturbed so many people, including prominent world leaders, because of the number of civilian casualties.”

(still available from 0:00:40 to 0:06:40 at

5th september
Gaza in Sound (2 minutes):

Is normalcy finally returning to Gaza after 50 fearful days?
BBC Arabic’s Adnan Elbursh recorded a soundscape of life in Gaza – a sweet potato seller, men smoking shisha pipes, pomegranate sellers and children playing on a beach.”

(still available from 0:32:30 to 0:34:30 at

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