Archive for December 19, 2011

Archeology in Jerusalem

Archeologists working in East Jerusalem recently made a find that has the experts stumped. The dig which is taking place in an area known as the City of David consists of three V shapes cut next to each other into the limestone floors of one of the rooms. There are several possible explanations: these markings could indicate the shapes might have accommodated a wooden structure inside them or they may have served a ritual function about 2,800 years ago. A clue may lie in the quest of Montague Parker who searched for the treasures of the lost Jewish Temple in Jerusalem between 1909 and 1911. A map used by him includes a similar V shape drawn in an undergorund channel not far away!

Remembering Max Sebald

We are fast approaching the tenth anniversary of the untimely passing of the great novelist Max Sebald. He was killed in a car accident on December 14, 2001 near Norwich, England. This accident prematurely ended the life of one of the most powerful writers of the twentieth century. Happily he is still exerting a major influence on many other writers. There will be a commemoration of his life on December 14, 2011 in the United Kingdom entitled Max: A Celebration-Remembering W. G. Sebald: Readings, Music and Film.