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The ‘Gods of Egypt’ Movie: A Mess of Anachronisms and Exoticization

03/18 | Egyptologist Beth Ann Judas reviews the Gods of Egypt movie, describing it as portraying ancient Egyptian mythology with “fleeting moments of random accuracy.”   Read more…

Rare Roman Gold Coin Minted by Trajan Found

03/16 | A 1,900-year-old Roman gold coin minted by Emperor Trajan was recently found by a hiker in Galilee.   Read more…

Givati Parking Lot Dig Unearths Rare Seal of Woman

03/15 | Two First Temple period seals were discovered in the Givati Parking Lot excavations in Jerusalem. One seal belonged to a woman named Elihana bat Gael.   Read more…

The Creation of Woman in the Bible

03/14 | How was the first woman created in Genesis 2? Was she made from the man’s rib or, as recently suggested in BAR, from his os baculum?   Read more…

Origins: 3.14159265…

03/14 | Why did the ancients invent increasingly subtle and ingenious methods to arrive at an exact value of pi? Human curiosity.   Read more…

D.C.-Area Archaeology Event: Petra—A Journey Through Time, Space and Our Imaginations

03/10 | On March 16, 2016, Dr. Christopher Tuttle, Executive Director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, will deliver the lecture “Petra—A Journey Through Time, Space and Our Imaginations” in   Read more…

Fabrics Found at Ancient Mines in Timna Valley

03/09 | A trove of 3,000-year-old fabric fragments has been uncovered during excavations of ancient copper mines at Timna in Israel’s Southern Aravah Valley.   Read more…

The Bible and Religious Violence

03/08 | In his Biblical Views column, Ronald Hendel wonders what is wrong with religion that it inspires religious violence.   Read more…

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

03/01 | 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…

Josephus on the Essenes

03/01 | Josephus’s commentaries on the laws and characteristics of the Essene community have been invaluable to scholars studying ancient Jewish laws and customs.   Read more…


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