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Sliding Stones

05/02 | By wetting the sand in front of sledges carrying heavy stones, Egyptians were able to reduce friction and pull the large objects more easily.   Read more…

Herodium: The Tomb of King Herod Revisited

05/02 | Although Josephus states that Herod was buried at Herodium, he does not specify where. Was he buried in the mausoleum on the slope or in the fortress at the summit?   Read more…

GIS in Archaeology

05/01 | GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology is quickly changing the way archaeologists record where excavated artifacts are found on their digs.   Read more…

Legio

05/01 | During the 2013 excavation season, the Jezreel Valley Regional Project teamed up with Israeli archaeologist Yotam Tepper to expose a Roman camp just south of Tel Megiddo known as Legio.   Read more…

Proto-Aeolic Capital Associated with Judah’s Longest Spring Tunnel

05/01 | A one-of-a-kind proto-aeolic capital still attached to its base is associated with a 525-foot-long tunnel system, the largest and most impressively hewn spring tunnel in the region.   Read more…

Myra, Turkey: St. Nicholas’s Christian Capital

05/01 | The 4th-century bishop of Myra, later canonized as St. Nicholas (and commonly remembered as Santa Claus), shaped the development of the Christian city before being buried at Myra.   Read more…

How to Make a Mudbrick

05/01 | While perhaps not all BAR readers have the time and resources to replicate an Iron Age gate or Byzantine mosaic, anyone can make a mudbrick! The recipe is simple—and the   Read more…

An Unexpected Consequence of the Christian Crusades

04/30 | The Fihrist (meaning “the catalogue”) is a compendium of all of the significant written works on religion, the humanities and science available at the end of the first millennium A.D.   Read more…

What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

04/30 | What did Jesus look like? In “Painting a Portrait of Jesus,” D. Moody Smith examines the difficulties in answering this question.   Read more…

Ancient Samaria and Jerusalem

04/30 | Jill Katz explains how the field of urban anthropology can shed light on the ideological differences between Jerusalem and Samaria.   Read more…


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