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Largest Known Ancient Egyptian Fortress Excavated at Tell el-Habua

01/15 | The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry recently announced the excavation of a 3,000-year-old fortress—the largest discovered to date in Egypt—at the site of Tell el-Habua.   Read more…

Anastylosis at Machaerus, Where John the Baptist was Beheaded

01/12 | Győző Vörös details the restoration work taking place at Machaerus—giving archaeological context to the New Testament episode featuring Princess Salome and John the Baptist.   Read more…

Archaeologist Vassilios Tzaferis Passes Away

01/12 | Greek archaeologist and Biblical Archaeology Review author Vassilios Tzaferis recently passed away at the age of 78.   Read more…

Tour Showcases Remains of Herod’s Jerusalem Palace—Possible Site of the Trial of Jesus

01/08 | Visitors to Jerusalem’s Old City can now explore remains of King Herod’s palace, which may be where Roman governor Pontius Pilate tried and condemned Jesus of Nazareth to death.   Read more…

Herod’s Death, Jesus’ Birth and a Lunar Eclipse

01/07 | Read letters published in the Q&C section of BAR debating the dates of Herod’s death, Jesus’ birth and to which lunar eclipse Josephus was referring.   Read more…

First Person: Life Was Not So Bad for Smelters

01/07 | While life for miners at ancient copper mining sites was “hell on earth,” the smelters of the better class feasted like visitors at a first-class spa.   Read more…

Western Wall Rubble: Caused by Fourth-Century Earthquake?

01/06 | Archaeologist Shimon Gibson believes a fourth-century earthquake, not the Romans, caused stones to topple from the Western Wall.   Read more…

Ancient Jewish Theology and Law

01/05 | According to scholar Jonathan Klawans, ancient Jews—including the Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes—cared as much about matters of Jewish theology as about laws and practices.   Read more…

In Turkey, Underground City Thought to be World’s Largest Has Been Found

01/02 | A massive subterranean city thought to be 5,000 years old was discovered in Turkey’s Nevşehir Province.   Read more…

The Robo-Scribe

12/31 | The artist group Robotlab has recently developed a method for creating a “handwritten” Torah robotically.   Read more…


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