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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…

Richard J. Scheuer (1917–2008)

01/20 | Richard J. Scheuer, a mainstay of BAR’s scholarship program that sends dozens of volunteers every year to archaeological excavations in Israel and Jordan, died on November 7, 2008, at age   Read more…

Where Did the Philistines Come From?

01/19 | The excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, the site of Gath of the Philistines mentioned in the Bible (e.g., 1 Samuel 6:17), have produced many fascinating finds, and the summer of 2011   Read more…

Female Singer’s Tomb Found in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

01/18 | Egyptian and Swiss archaeologists announced this week that they have unearthed the intact, undisturbed tomb of an Egyptian singer named Nehmes Bastet who lived during Egypt’s XXIInd Dynasty (c. 945-712   Read more…

Croatian Cave Reveals Oldest-Known Astrologer’s Board

01/17 | Excavations from a cave overlooking the Adriatic Sea in Croatia have revealed the remains of a 2,000-year-old astrologer’s board engraved with signs of the zodiac. Archaeologists with New York University’s   Read more…

Does the Merneptah Stele Contain the First Mention of Israel?

01/17 | Does this fragmentary hieroglyphic inscription contain the first mention of Israel? According to a recently published article by Manfred Görg, Peter van der Veen and Christoffer Theis, the name-ring on   Read more…

Microarchaeology Helps Solve Ashkelon’s Puzzles

01/16 | Scientists with the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science in the Weizmann Institute in Israel are helping Ashkelon archaeologists Lawrence Stager and Daniel Master discover new secrets about their site’s archaeological   Read more…


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