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Manuscripts Reveal Ancient Community of Afghan Jews

01/07 | A recently discovered cache of medieval Jewish manuscripts from Afghanistan* went on display last week in Israel’s National Library. The 11th-century C.E. collection, dubbed the “Afghan Genizah,” includes Biblical commentaries,   Read more…

The Diggers Return

01/04 | Fieldwork invigorates archaeologists as they experience the thrills of discovery, travel and camaraderie. While some volunteers create lifelong memories in a single season, many other return year after year to   Read more…

Re-dating Nabatean Farming at Petra

01/03 | Researchers examining dam construction and terrace farming techniques at Petra suggest that the Nabateans began employing these techniques around the first century, rather than the earlier Iron Age chronology hypothesized   Read more…

If I Ascend to Heaven … Paul’s Journey to Paradise

01/03 | The various types of the heavenly journeys we have reports about can be divided into four basic categories, based upon the fundamental purpose or outcome of the ascent as reported   Read more…

3-D Printing the Ancient World

01/02 | Researchers at Harvard University’s Semitic Museum are using new photomodeling technology to construct undamaged re-creations of Mesopotamian artifacts damaged over the millennia.   Read more…

The Huqoq Synagogue Mosaics

01/02 | Archaeologist and art historian Karen Britt of the University of Louisville provides a detailed artistic analysis of a Huqoq mosaic featuring an inscription and two female faces.   Read more…

Mosaic Inscription from a Synagogue at Horvat Huqoq

01/02 | The Israel Antiquities Authority’s David Amit analyzes and translates a Hebrew or Aramaic mosaic inscription from the Huqoq synagogue.   Read more…

A Samson Mosaic from Huqoq

12/28 | Jodi Magness’s excavations at Huqoq have exposed an elaborate Samson mosaic as well as new insights into the development of ancient synagogues.   Read more…

Digging into the Heart of Roman Art and Culture

12/28 | Excavation director Rossella Rea told The Guardian that the recently completed excavation of Hadrian’s Athenaeum, a massive arts center built in 123 C.E., is “the biggest find in Rome since   Read more…

First Temple Period Ritual Structure Discovered Near Jerusalem

12/27 | Archaeologists have uncovered a temple and cache of sacred vessels dating back to the First Temple period, providing a unique glimpse into public religion in the early monarchy before the   Read more…


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