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The Archaeology of Atheism in Ancient Athens

The Archaeology of Atheism in Ancient Athens

New Huqoq Mosaics: Noah’s Ark and Exodus Scenes

08/22 | During the 2016 season at Huqoq, mosaics depicting two well-known Biblical stories were uncovered.   Read more…

Ancient Greek Human Sacrifice at Mountaintop Altar?

08/18 | A 3,100-year-old human burial was found at a mountaintop altar to Zeus in Greece. Is this an example of an ancient Greek human sacrifice? Archaeologist Dan Diffendale reports on the   Read more…

Ancient Combat Sports

08/16 | Three ancient Olympic combat events—wrestling, boxing and pancratium—reveal much about the aspirations and values of ancient Greece, about what was deemed honorable, fair and beautiful, both in the eyes of   Read more…

Ancient Cupping in Israel

08/15 | In ancient Israel, small, hollow, bell-shaped vessels were used in the medical treatment of cupping.   Read more…

Silver Hoard from Abel Beth Maacah Illuminates Biblical Border Town

08/15 | In their BAR Archaeological Views column, Abel Beth Maacah staff describe the excitement around the discovery of a Late Bronze Age silver hoard, one of the earliest ever found in   Read more…

Colorful Wall Paintings Excavated at Galilean Sepphoris

08/12 | For the first time at the ancient city of Sepphoris in Israel’s Galilee, wall painting fragments displaying figurative images have been discovered.   Read more…

The Fishy Secret to Ancient Magdala’s Economic Growth

08/09 | Historical sources say that the export of salted fish at Magdala was so successful that it soon became a self-sustaining town. What does the archaeology reveal?   Read more…

Lydia and Tabitha in the Bible

08/08 | While the majority of the leaders of the early Christian church were men, the New Testament describes several prominent women leaders as well. Teresa Calpino analyzes two of these women—Tabitha   Read more…

Liberator of the Nag Hammadi Codices

07/31 | A cache of ancient Christian Gnostic texts was found near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945—two years before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Similar to the situation with the   Read more…


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