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Archaeology and Text

11/07 | There has been a great deal of discussion in recent issues of Biblical Archaeology Review about the relationship between archaeology, artifacts, ancient texts and the Bible. In the July/August 2011   Read more…

Bronze Age Dam Irrigates Modern Farms

11/07 | A 3,250-year-old Hittite dam at Alacahöyük features striking similarities to modern water management construction. Archaeologist Aykut Çınaroğlu says the dam in north-central Turkey was built for irrigation and drinking water,   Read more…

Old Kingdom Princess Discovered at Abusir

11/05 | Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities recently announced the discovery of a 4,500-year-old tomb belonging to an Old Kingdom princess from Egypt’s Fifth Dynasty. Inscriptions at the tomb in Abusir list   Read more…

The Oldest Town in Europe

11/01 | Bulgarian archaeologists working near modern Provadia announced the discovery of what they declare to be Europe’s oldest town. The fifth-millennium B.C.E. prehistoric settlement housed up to 350 people, and discoveries   Read more…

Exposing Petra’s North Ridge

10/31 | This summer, NC State and East Carolina University began a new excavation on Petra’s North Ridge, exposing evidence from shaft tombs, domestic structures and new evidence of the city wall.   Read more…

Unearthing Mummies

10/30 | In excerpt from A Thousand Miles Up the Nile, British Egyptologist Amelia Edwards (1831–1892) describes an excavation in the Necropolis of Thebes, when the Governor of Luxor invited Edwards and   Read more…

Jordanian Inscriptions Indicate Local Christian Military Population

10/29 | University of Tennessee, Knoxville excavations at ‘Ayn Gharandal in southern Jordan have uncovered a late Roman/early Byzantine complex including a Roman fort, a bathhouse and an aqueduct system.   Read more…

Hurricane Sandy at the Biblical Archaeology Society

10/29 | The severe storms approaching the Washington, D.C. area have closed the Biblical Archaeology Society office and may affect the speed and accessibility of the website. We ask our readers to   Read more…

Authentic or Forged? What to Do When Experts Disagree

10/26 | I recently had lunch with Victor (Avigdor) Hurowitz, a distinguished professor of ancient Semitic languages at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is firmly convinced that the Jehoash (Yehoash) Inscription,   Read more…

Elegant Mosaics Discovered in Izmir

10/26 | An urban archaeological investigation in Izmir has uncovered a stunning collection of 1700-year-old mosaics. The artworks, which depict flora and fauna no longer local to the region, have been discovered   Read more…


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