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Answer to What is it? Facebook discussion posted 3/7/12

03/12 |

In last week’s What Is It? Facebook discussion this artifact was presented with multiple choices.  After a week’s facebook discussion, we are happy to be able to   Read more…

Joseph Naveh (1928–2011)

03/09 | Joseph Naveh, Israel’s preeminent paleographer, died on November 21, 2011, at age 83. Known to his friends as Yossi, he was, in the words of one obituary, “among the nephilim”   Read more…

Bowling Green State University Explores Repatriation of Looted Mosaics

03/09 | Bowling Green State University has quickly and candidly responded to accusations of owning looted mosaics from the Turkish site of Zeugma. The Turkish government requested that the mosaics be returned   Read more…

Apotropaic Guardians, Ancient Symbols, Divine Icons or Children’s Toys?

03/08 | Clay, stone and plaster figurines have been found across the ancient world, but their significance repeatedly mystifies archaeologists. What are these ancient symbols? Could they be apotropaic guardians, children’s toys,   Read more…

Syrian Forces Take Up Positions in Palmyra’s Ruins

03/08 | According to residents of the Syrian town of Palmyra, the site of one of the largest trade emporiums of the ancient world, the Syrian army has occupied the town’s ancient   Read more…

Pharaoh Amenhotep III Sits Tall Again

03/06 | The joint Egyptian and European “Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project” recently re-erected a colossal quartzite statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III near Luxor, Egypt. The smoothly polished   Read more…

Date Set for James Ossuary Verdict

03/05 | The Biblical Archaeology Society has learned that Judge Aharon Farkash of the District Court in Jerusalem will announce the verdict on the alleged forgery of the famous James “brother of   Read more…

Initials Findings from Horvat Midras Published

03/05 | A preliminary report on the excavations of the Byzantine church site of Horvat Midras, thought to be a memorial to the tomb of the prophet Zechariah, has been published in   Read more…

Jewelry from the Time of the Judges Found at Megiddo

03/01 | Archaeologists working at the site of Megiddo in Israel’s Jezreel Valley recently discovered a hoard of gold, silver and bronze jewelry dating to around 1100 B.C.E. The jewelry was found   Read more…

Ancient Gravestone Epitaphs Give Insight into Early Jews and Christians

03/01 | In “Tales from Tombstones” in the March/April 2012 issue of BAR, two scholars expert in interpreting the gravestone epitaphs and iconography—Professor Steven Fine and Kalliope I. Kritikakou-Nikolaropoulou—provide separate discussions of   Read more…


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