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IAA to Excavate Judean Desert Caves in Search of Scrolls

05/26 | The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced a national plan to conduct comprehensive archaeological excavations in the Judean Desert caves to “rescue” all remaining Dead Sea Scroll fragments from looters.   Read more…

Sacred Prostitution in the Story of Judah and Tamar?

05/24 | According to popular belief, cult prostitution was common throughout the ancient world, particularly associated with the fertility rites of the Canaanites and Phoenicians. While some scholars suggest that temple prostitution   Read more…

Where Is Golgotha, Where Jesus Was Crucified?

05/23 | Where is Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified, located in Jerusalem? In their Archaeological Views column “Golgotha: Is the Holy Sepulchre Church Authentic?” in the May/June 2016 issue of BAR, Marcel   Read more…

Where Did the Philistines Come From?

05/20 | Excavators at Tell es-Safi/Gath, the site of Gath of the Philistines mentioned in the Bible, found an exceptionally well preserved horned altar reminiscent of the Israelite horned altars described in   Read more…

Divers Discover Sunken Cargo at Herod’s Port City

05/19 | Divers at the ancient port city of Caesarea Maritima in Israel discovered a 1,600-year-old trove of bronze statue fragments, coins and other finds that once comprised the cargo of a   Read more…

Did the Northern Kingdom of Israel Practice Customary Ancient Israelite Religion?

05/17 | In his Archaeological Views column in BAR, archaeologist Jonathan Greer looks to Tel Dan in the northern kingdom of Israel for evidence of an official ancient Israelite religion.   Read more…

Joseph and Esarhaddon of Assyria

05/16 | Even though he was not the oldest of his brothers, Esarhaddon was named heir apparent of his father Sennacherib, ruler of the Assyrian empire. But because of his jealous brothers,   Read more…

D.C.-Area Archaeology Event: Six Degrees of Pericles

05/16 | On May 22, 2016, Dr. Diane Cline of the George Washington University will deliver the lecture “Six Degrees of Pericles: Social Networks in Classical Athens” in the Washington, D.C. area.   Read more…

The Philistine Marketplace at Ashkelon

05/15 | In “Buy Low, Sell High: The Marketplace at Ashkelon” in the January/February 2014 issue of BAR, Daniel Master and Lawrence Stager examine what was traded and by whom in Philistine   Read more…

Paul’s First Missionary Journey through Perga and Pisidian Antioch

05/15 | Paul’s first missionary journey took him from Cyprus into the heart of Anatolia. Explore the route with a web-exclusive slideshow.   Read more…


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