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Egyptian Violence Claims “Irreplaceable” Manuscript Collection

12/21 | As violent clashes erupted between protesters and Egyptian security forces in Cairo earlier this week, a 213-year-old downtown library was set ablaze, destroying thousands of rare maps and books, including   Read more…

Layers of Jerusalem Archaeology

12/20 | When you get involved in Jerusalem archaeology, you have to be ready to find just about anything from the city’s rich millennia-long history.   Read more…

Rare Cuneiform Inscription Found in Malta

12/20 | Archaeologists excavating an ancient sanctuary on the small, central Mediterranean island of Malta have discovered an agate stone inscribed with 13th-century B.C.E. cuneiform script. It is the farthest west the   Read more…

Saudi Arabia’s Mysterious “Stonehenge”

12/19 | Archaeologists working in Saudi Arabia continue to puzzle over the meaning of more than 50 groups of oddly arranged standing stones, the most famous of which are found at the   Read more…

The Simple Joy of Digging

12/16 | The archaeological site of Bethsaida is located near the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee in the area of northern Israel called the Golan Heights. It is one of   Read more…

Disputed Bridge to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Reopened

12/15 | Two days after the wooden and worn Moughrabi bridge leading to the Haram ash-Sharif (or Temple Mount) in Jerusalem was closed due to safety concerns, city officials reopened the bridge   Read more…

Bible and Archaeology in the City by the Bay

12/14 | BAR editor Hershel Shanks talks about the highlights of this year’s Bible and Archaeology conferences in San Francisco.   Read more…

Mexico City Builds World’s Largest Nativity Scene

12/14 | Officials in Mexico City this week unveiled the world’s largest nativity scene, a sprawling 215,000-square-foot display that recreates dozens of Biblical passages related to the story of Jesus’ birth. The   Read more…

Was the Dead Sea Once Completely Dry?

12/13 | Researchers studying the history of the Dead Sea have found that around 120,000 years ago, the waters of the mineral-rich and super-buoyant lake may have almost completely dried up. With   Read more…

World Joins Effort to Solve City of David Mystery

12/12 | After archaeologists admitted they were completely stumped as to the meaning and function of three strange markings recently discovered during excavations near Jerusalem’s Gihon Spring (see “Strange Markings Puzzle City   Read more…


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