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Digs 2016

06/03 | Experience the 2016 field season with articles and photos from excavations across the Biblical world—straight out of the trenches.   Read more…

The Greeks Go to Washington

05/31 | The National Geographic Museum exhibit The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great showcases more than 550 artifacts from 22 Greek museums and spans 5,000 years of history and culture.   Read more…

First Person: A Scepter from the Temple?

05/30 | In his First Person column in the May/June 2016 issue of BAR, Hershel Shanks asks: Where is the paleographer who says the ivory pomegranate is fake?   Read more…

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…


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