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Medicine in the Ancient World

09/05 | What exactly did ancient cultures do to combat disease and injury, and did these methods have any real basis in science as we know it today? The answers may surprise   Read more…

Justinian Plague Linked to the Black Death

09/04 | Recent bacterial research has linked the Justinian plague to the world’s most infamous affliction, the Black Death.   Read more…

Survey on Field Safety: Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean Basin

09/03 | This Survey on Field Safety: Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean Basin is designed to understand the ways in which archaeological fieldwork does—or does not—provide a safe and secure setting   Read more…

Examining the Lives of Ancient Egyptian Women

09/02 | Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst examines the position of women in ancient Egypt, focusing on the life of a woman named Tjat. Who was she and why does she appear on the   Read more…

The Enduring Symbolism of Doves

09/01 | Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. Read about what it represents and how its use has been shared, adapted and reinterpreted across cultures   Read more…

Jacob in the Bible

09/01 | Who did Jacob wrestle with in the Bible? In the September/October 2014 issue of BAR, Phyllis Trible connects this episode to her own struggle with feminism and the Bible in   Read more…

Phoenician Shipwreck Located off Coast of Malta

08/29 | Maritime archaeologists have discovered what may be the oldest shipwreck found thus far in the central Mediterranean.   Read more…

Oldest Metal Object from the Southern Levant Discovered

08/28 | A 7,000-year-old copper awl—the oldest metal object found thus far in the southern Levant—was discovered during excavations at Tel Tsaf in Israel’s Jordan Valley.   Read more…

Sectarianism in the Second Temple Period

08/26 | In part three of his study on schisms in Jewish history, Lawrence H. Schiffman examines sectarianism in the Second Temple Period.   Read more…

The Göbekli Tepe Ruins and the Origins of Neolithic Religion

08/24 | The massive stone enclosures of the Göbekli Tepe ruins may be the earliest examples of Neolithic religion.   Read more…


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