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Carchemish in the Bible and History

08/24 | Carchemish was an important Hittite fortress and provincial capital located on the west bank of the Euphrates River.   Read more…

The Destruction of Pompeii—God’s Revenge?

08/24 | The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius destroyed the opulent vacation destinations of Roman elites in August 79 C.E.—almost exactly nine years after Roman troops destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem. Did this   Read more…

The Archaeology of Atheism in Ancient Athens

08/22 | In this blog post, Tim Whitmarsh explores the evidence for the location of the Garden of Epicurus in Athens, arguing that its physical position was an expression of Epicureans’ “atheistic”   Read more…

New Huqoq Mosaics: Noah’s Ark and Exodus Scenes

08/22 | During the 2016 season at Huqoq, mosaics depicting two well-known Biblical stories were uncovered.   Read more…

Ancient Greek Human Sacrifice at Mountaintop Altar?

08/18 | A 3,100-year-old human burial was found at a mountaintop altar to Zeus in Greece. Is this an example of an ancient Greek human sacrifice? Archaeologist Dan Diffendale reports on the   Read more…

The Masada Siege

08/17 | What do we know about the Roman siege of Masada? We must consider both the account given by Josephus and the surviving archaeological evidence in order to reconstruct what happened.   Read more…

How Ancient Jews Dated Years

08/16 | During the First Jewish Revolt against Rome (66–70 C.E.), which ended with the destruction of the Temple, Jews minted their own coins dated to the first, second, third, fourth and,   Read more…

Ancient Combat Sports

08/16 | Three ancient Olympic combat events—wrestling, boxing and pancratium—reveal much about the aspirations and values of ancient Greece, about what was deemed honorable, fair and beautiful, both in the eyes of   Read more…

What Is Coptic and Who Were the Copts in Ancient Egypt?

08/15 | When did the ancient Egyptians stop writing in hieroglyphs, and what came next? From the fourth to ninth centuries C.E., Egypt was predominantly Christian. During this time, the language used   Read more…

Ancient Cupping in Israel

08/15 | In ancient Israel, small, hollow, bell-shaped vessels were used in the medical treatment of cupping.   Read more…


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