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Ancient Synagogue Discovered in Southern Turkey

09/27 | Archaeologists excavating at the ancient city of Limyra in southern Turkey recently uncovered the remains of an ancient synagogue, complete with a bath and menorah. Limyra was part of the   Read more…

Ein Zippori Discoveries Expose Wadi Rabah Culture

09/26 | The Israel Antiquities Authority recently announced the discovery of intricately detailed Neolithic and Chalcolithic artifacts at Ein Zippori in Israel. The artifacts, created between 8,000 B.C.E. and 3,000 B.C.E., include   Read more…

Daskyleion Inscriptions Reveal Phrygian and Lydian Populations

09/24 | Daskyleion, a first-millennium B.C.E. site in northwestern Turkey, may have been more cosmopolitan than previously believed. Linguists from Leiden University (Netherlands) recently analyzed pottery from the Persian occupation at Daskyleion   Read more…

New Evidence of Neolithic Dentistry

09/21 | Italian researchers working in Slovenia recently published the earliest known example of a dental filling. Traces of a beeswax filling were discovered in a 6,500 year-old left canine crown embedded   Read more…

First Person: Should Israel Return the Tablets of the Law to Egypt?

09/21 | In 1969, barely two years after the 1967 Six-Day War, a team of Israeli archaeologists made an exploratory excavation at the base of one of the numerous sites in the   Read more…

Have the Tombs of the Kings of Judah Been Found?: A Response

09/21 | In a 1987 issue of BAR, Hershel Shanks presented a summary of Amos Kloner’s 1986 article in which the Israeli archaeologist argues that the burial caves at the Dominican   Read more…

Historical Context

09/20 | The scrolls were written during a time of significant turmoil and strife between the Greek-influenced elite and the more traditional Jewish populations of Judea. From the time of Alexander the   Read more…

What Happened When

09/20 | The Dead Sea Scrolls have a long, complicated and mysterious history and many “facts” have been lost in the intervening years. The following list describes the events surrounding the discovery   Read more…

World’s Great Libraries Go Digital

09/19 | When Johannes Gutenberg’s 1455 Latin Bible became the first book printed using movable type, it started a revolution by making literature (especially the Bible) easier to produce and   Read more…

A “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” on a Coptic Papyrus

09/19 | On Tuesday, September 18th, 2012, early Christianity scholar Karen L. King of the Harvard Divinity School announced the discovery of a Coptic papyrus fragment that includes the text “Jesus   Read more…


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