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Archaeological Views: Pottery in the Computer Age

10/03 | Archaeologist Andrea Berlin describes the Levantine Ceramics Project, an open-access, crowd-sourced public website devoted to ceramics produced anywhere in the Levant from the Neolithic era (c. 5500 B.C.E.) through the   Read more…

Fruit in the Bible

09/29 | Seeds and fruit remains are exciting discoveries for archaeologists and they provide radiocarbon data to help date buried strata. Fruit also plays an important role in the Biblical narrative.   Read more…

First Person: BAR Gives Away $50,000

09/28 | BAR is giving $50,000 in grants to professional archaeological excavations in Israel.   Read more…

What Does the Parable of the Talents Mean?

09/26 | Richard L. Rohrbaugh examines the Parable of the Talents’ meaning in his Biblical Views column “Reading the Bible Through Ancient Eyes” in BAR.   Read more…

The Parables of Jesus

09/26 | Helmut Koester suggests that the parables of Jesus did not communicate a hidden meaning when they were told by Jesus—the parables of Jesus could be understood by all.   Read more…

Book of Leviticus Verses Recovered from Burnt Hebrew Bible Scroll

09/23 | A burnt ancient scroll found 45 years ago has finally been deciphered thanks to advanced digital technology. The scroll was revealed to contain verses from the Book of Leviticus.   Read more…

Qumran Phylacteries Reveal Nine New Dead Sea Scrolls

09/23 | Nine small Dead Sea Scroll fragments were discovered in ancient phylacteries, or tefillin.   Read more…

How Bad Was the Babylonian Exile?

09/22 | Was there really weeping from the Judahite exiles by the rivers of Babylon? New evidence suggests that life was actually pretty good for some Judahite deportees and their successors.   Read more…

12,000-Year-Old Shaman Funeral Reflects Natufian-Period Changes

09/21 | Archaeologists discovered in a cave in Israel the 12,000-year-old grave of a shaman. According to researchers, the unusual burial reflects the social changes that accompanied the transition from a foraging   Read more…

What Did Gladiators Eat?

09/19 | A study published in PLOS ONE suggests that gladiators really did eat mostly plants and may have drunk an ash tonic as described by ancient authors.   Read more…


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