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D.C.-Area Archaeology Event: Why the Jews Took on Rome

02/11 | On Sunday, February 21, 2016, Dr. Andrea Berlin will deliver the lecture “Revolt! Why the Jews Took on Rome” in the Washington, D.C. area.   Read more…

Queen of the Philistines: Trude Dothan (1922–2016)

02/02 | Trude Dothan, the doyenne of Philistine archaeology, passed away recently at the age of 93. In commemoration of her pioneering achievements, eight BAR articles have been made free and publicly   Read more…

Should We Take Creation Stories in Genesis Literally?

01/31 | Were the creation stories in Genesis meant to be taken literally? Maybe not, says Biblical scholar Shawna Dolansky in her Biblical Views column “The Multiple Truths of Myths” in the   Read more…

Where Did Early Christian Monks Get Their Wealth?

01/25 | 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…

Ancient Egyptian Diseases: Oldest Case of Scurvy?

01/22 | A nearly 6,000-year-old infant skeleton uncovered at the ancient settlement of Nag el-Qarmila in Egypt may provide the earliest attested evidence of scurvy.   Read more…

To Jerusalem: Pilgrimage Road Identified?

01/18 | Archaeologists Yotam Tepper and Yigal Tepper describe what they believe to be a stone road about 10 miles northwest of Jerusalem on which ancient Jews would make their Jerusalem pilgrimage.   Read more…

King Midas and His Golden Touch at the Penn Museum

01/15 | The Penn Museum’s new exhibit The Golden Age of King Midas will showcase objects from a spectacular tomb believed to belong to King Midas’s father from Gordion in Turkey.   Read more…

50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

01/12 | How many people mentioned in the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed archaeologically? Lawrence Mykytiuk reveals the surprising number—from Israelite kings to Mesopotamian monarchs—and some lesser figures as well.   Read more…

Thonis—A Major Egyptian Port Swallowed by the Sea

01/11 | At the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the Egyptian coast lies the spectacular port city of Thonis.   Read more…

What Did Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem Look Like?

01/10 | Fifty years ago, leading Israeli scholar Michael Avi-Yonah constructed a now-iconic model of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem. How accurate is it?   Read more…


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