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Jordanian Inscriptions Indicate Local Christian Military Population

10/29 | University of Tennessee, Knoxville excavations at ‘Ayn Gharandal in southern Jordan have uncovered a late Roman/early Byzantine complex including a Roman fort, a bathhouse and an aqueduct system.   Read more…

Hurricane Sandy at the Biblical Archaeology Society

10/29 | The severe storms approaching the Washington, D.C. area have closed the Biblical Archaeology Society office and may affect the speed and accessibility of the website. We ask our readers to   Read more…

Authentic or Forged? What to Do When Experts Disagree

10/26 | I recently had lunch with Victor (Avigdor) Hurowitz, a distinguished professor of ancient Semitic languages at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is firmly convinced that the Jehoash (Yehoash) Inscription,   Read more…

Elegant Mosaics Discovered in Izmir

10/26 | An urban archaeological investigation in Izmir has uncovered a stunning collection of 1700-year-old mosaics. The artworks, which depict flora and fauna no longer local to the region, have been discovered   Read more…

That Other “King of the Jews”

10/24 | According to the gospel of Mark, when Jesus is on trial before the Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate he was asked if he claimed to be the “King of the Jews,”   Read more…

Jerusalem of Gold

10/23 | Gold is mentioned 285 times in the Hebrew Bible—more than any other metal—and the use of its imagery by the Biblical writers is as rich and varied as the precious   Read more…

A New Light for the World’s Oldest Unknown Script

10/23 | Despite the existence of a corpus of some 1,600 texts, scholars have had a difficult time deciphering Early Bronze Age proto-Elamite documents. These texts, written in southwestern Iran between 3,200   Read more…

Alexander the Great’s Illuminated Birthday

10/19 | A new study in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology provides an astronomical insight into Alexandria’s urban design.   Read more…

The End of an Era

10/18 | We knew it would happen, but it’s still a shock. Frank Cross is dead. I will leave it to scholars to write of his scholarly accomplishments. I will write only   Read more…

The Autographed Rock Art of Southern Jordan

10/17 | In her recent Archaeological Views column, Davida Eisenberg-Degen highlighted some of the reasons rock art has traditionally been neglected as a source of information about the past. Not only does   Read more…


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