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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…

What Is Coptic and Who Were the Copts in Ancient Egypt?

08/15 | When did the ancient Egyptians stop writing in hieroglyphs, and what came next? From the fourth to ninth centuries C.E., Egypt was predominantly Christian. During this time, the language used   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…

King Midas and His Golden Touch at the Penn Museum

08/15 | The Penn Museum’s exhibit The Golden Age of King Midas showcases objects from a spectacular tomb believed to belong to King Midas’s father from Gordion in Turkey.   Read more…

Where Did Early Christian Monks Get Their Wealth?

08/15 | To the “holy poor” or the “real poor”—that is the question. To whom were alms to be directed? This question divided the early Christian monastic movement in the East.   Read more…

Jacob in the Bible

08/15 | Who did Jacob wrestle with in the Bible? Phyllis Trible connects this episode to her own struggle with feminism and the Bible in her Biblical Views column “Wrestling with Faith.”   Read more…

Jesus as Lord of the Dance

08/15 | The apocryphal Acts of John describe the dance of Jesus and the apostles. How widespread was the ritual of dance in Christian worship?   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…

What Was Life Like for Roman Slaves?

08/13 | In the southwest of Asia Minor, at the site of Aphrodisias, Turkey, archaeology is providing new insight into the lives of Roman slaves, including a man named Zoilos who earned   Read more…


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