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Roman Concrete

06/13 | Standing the tests of time, Roman concrete is very resilient. One only has to look at structures like the Pantheon in Rome or the harbor at Caesarea Maritima in Israel   Read more…

Sidon Archaeology Museum to Share Artifacts from the Biblical City

06/11 | The rich cultural heritage of Lebanon’s third-largest city will soon be preserved and presented on site as developers plan the construction of a brand-new archaeology museum in Sidon.   Read more…

The Curse of Ham—A New Reading in the Dead Sea Scrolls

06/07 | The harshness of the curse of Ham, his son Canaan and their descendants has been a source of scholarly debate for millennia. A new reading of the Dead Sea Scroll   Read more…

Exhibit Watch: Exodus, Cyber-Archaeology and the Future

06/05 | Following the recent conference “Out of Egypt: Israel’s Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination,” UC San Diego is hosting the exhibit “EX3: Exodus, Cyber-Archaeology and the Future” through   Read more…

Spurned Samaria

06/04 | One of the most storied cities in the ancient world has seen better days. Samaria was established by Omri as the capital of the northern Kingdom of Israel in the   Read more…

Extraterrestrial Elements in Egyptian Equipment

05/31 | Where did Egyptians get the iron to make the beads found in a fourth-millennium-B.C.E. cache at the Gerzeh cemetery? Scholars have long been mystified by the discovery, which predates evidence   Read more…

A Sefer Torah in the Bologna Library May Be the Oldest Known Torah Scroll

05/30 | Italian scholar Mauro Perani dated a Sefer Torah scroll from the University of Bologna Library to the 12–13th centuries C.E., making the manuscript the world’s oldest extant Sefer Torah   Read more…

Lod at the Louvre

05/24 | One of the most exceptional and well-preserved mosaics ever to be discovered in the Holy Land is now on view in the world’s most visited museum.   Read more…

Curtains Rise at the Theater of Messene after 1,700-Year Intermission

05/22 | The seats of Messene’s grand theater in the south-western Peloponnese have remained empty since 300 C.E. After 20 years of excavation and restoration, the theater will be reopened—as both an   Read more…

Geza Vermes (1924–2013)

05/20 | My friend Geza Vermes is dead. He was, most famously, the intellectual leader in the fight to free the Dead Sea Scrolls from the small coterie of scholars who was   Read more…


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