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Get to Know Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavator Aren Maeir

02/01 | In a recent profile featured in the online news magazine ISRAEL21c, archaeologist and Tell es-Safi/Gath excavator Aren Maeir gives his view of why the Tell es-Safi dig, which is entering   Read more…

Effort to Recreate Herod’s Tomb Criticized

01/31 | A plan by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to create a life-size recreation of Herod’s tomb at the site of Herodium is coming under fire from some archaeologists. The   Read more…

Publishing Israel Archaeology Digs

01/30 | It has been called the “dirty secret” of Israel archaeology: Digs go on for season after season of excavation without publishing final reports of the results of their work. Fortunately,   Read more…

Riddle Me This, King Nebuchadnezzar

01/30 | Assyriologists have translated a rare 3,500-year-old cuneiform tablet that asks a series of riddles about daily life and politics in ancient Mesopotamia. Working from a hand-written copy of the inscription   Read more…

Life as an Archaeology Volunteer at Bethsaida, Israel

01/25 | In this exclusive video from the Biblical Archaeology Society, educational programs director Sarah Yeomans takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the excavations at Bethsaida, Israel. The excavation, directed for   Read more…

Istanbul Dig Yields Evidence of City’s Ancient Harbor

01/25 | On the shores of Lake Kucukcekmece, 13 miles west of downtown Istanbul, archaeologists are uncovering evidence of one of the city’s primary—and perhaps earliest—ancient harbors. At the expansive harbor site   Read more…

The Garum Debate

01/25 | Scholars question whether “pure” garum (a popular Roman sauce that was made from various types of fish and marine life) was intended for Jews or for the followers of other   Read more…

New Images from Khirbet Qeiyafa Excavations

01/24 | Final aerial photos from the end of the 2011 excavation season at Khirbet Qeiyafa were posted to the project’s official Web site this week. The images give stunning views of   Read more…

Dig Volunteers Travel to Israel and Jordan for the Adventure of a Lifetime

01/23 | Kayla Ray, a 2011 winner of one of the BAS archaeology scholarships, looks out over the blue waters of the Mediterranean from the rocky shores of Caesarea Maritima. As a   Read more…

Harvard Scholars Leave Nothing Half-Baked

01/23 | For the past decade, scholars at Harvard’s Semitic Museum have been re-baking thousands of clay tablets recovered from ancient Nuzi, a small town in northern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) that flourished   Read more…


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