BAR 37:06, Nov/Dec 2011
Hercules in Galilee
Sometimes nature is a better archaeological excavator than humans.
So it was a year ago at our excavation of Hippos/Sussita overlooking the Sea of Galilee.a Our 2010 summer excavation season was followed by the torrential rains of an Israeli winter. Surveying a bathhouse from about 150 B.C.E. that we had been excavating, Nissim Mazig, director of the Sussita National Park, noticed a sculpted head sticking out of the muddy debris.
Clearing away some of the debris, we saw that it was a man with flowing hair and a straggly beard. The face bore an expression of power, rage and resolution. Who was it? Or, even before that, what was it?