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Israeli Court: Return the Jehoash Inscription

10/17 | This morning, the Israeli Supreme court ruled that the 15-line Jehoash Inscription be returned to collector Oded Golan in the latest twist in the “forgery trial of the century” saga.   Read more…

Mesopotamian “Receipts” Illuminated by 3D Technology

10/16 | Employing advanced technology, researchers are coming closer to understanding clay balls used in economic transactions in fourth-millennium B.C.E. Mesopotamia.   Read more…

Who Built the Cardo in Jerusalem?

10/15 | The Cardo was Jerusalem’s major north-south thoroughfare, as we know from the famous sixth-century Madaba map mosaic in Jordan. But was it fully built in the Roman period or only   Read more…

Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry Confirmed European by mtDNA Tests

10/10 | A recent study on mitochondrial DNA revealed that the female line of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry closely resembles that of Southern and Western Europe, rather than the ancient Near East, as   Read more…

Sean Freyne (1935–2013)

10/09 | Sean Freyne, one of Ireland’s most respected theologians, died on August 5, 2013, at age 78.   Read more…

Dig-for-a-Day and the Heliodorus Inscription

10/08 | Read newly-opened publications on the metropolis of caves underneath the Hellenistic town of Maresha.   Read more…

4200 B.C.E.: A Fine Vintage

10/04 | Archaeologists excavating the prehistoric settlement Dikili Tash in northern Greece have uncovered what may be Europe’s oldest wine samples. Residue analysis on the contents of 6,200-year-old ceramics revealed tartaric acid,   Read more…

Israelite Kings Depicted in Ancient Art?

10/01 | Has archaeology uncovered portraits of two Israelite kings? One contender is on the famous Black Obelisk from Nimurd/Calah, but scholars differ about the identification. Another more recent candidate for an   Read more…

Students Dig in Style on Mt. Zion Excavation

09/30 | Want to see students in action on a dig? Check out this lighthearted music video featuring UNC Charlotte’s Levine Scholars on the Mt. Zion excavations.   Read more…

Treasures in Clay Jars

09/25 | The ubiquity of hoards in antiquity, both in time and region, suggests that the phenomenon was so well known that Paul could reasonably use it as an analogy. These treasures—the   Read more…


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