Current Digital Issue May/June 2014 Vol. 40 No. 3

About this issue: From Indiana Jones to Lara Croft, popular (and usually fictional) archaeologists have made a name for themselves as being intrepid, resourceful individuals who search for lost tombs and buried treasure—often in a race to save the world. Though the stakes are not quite as high, perhaps BAR’s editor should now be added to this list as he seeks the location of the tomb of King Herod the Great in the May/June 2014 issue of BAR. In Was Herod’s Tomb Really Found? he questions whether the tomb was actually located at the desert palace of Herodium in 2007—or if the hunt for Herod’s tomb needs to be resumed. Read more…

Queen Helena’s Jerusalem Palace— In a Parking Lot?

R. Steven Notley and Jeffrey P. García

Helena of Adiabene—a queen from a foreign land—converted to Judaism in the first century C.E. and spent several years in Jerusalem. While her charitable deeds brought her fame during her lifetime, she is perhaps best known for her elaborate tomb in Jerusalem, called the Tomb of the Kings. But has her Jerusalem palace also been unearthed recently—in a parking lot? Read more…

Was Herod’s Tomb Really Found?

Hershel Shanks

King Herod was buried at Herodium—a fact recorded by Josephus in the first century—but where precisely? In a BAR article published in 2011, archaeologist Ehud Netzer reported that he had found the tomb, but now others are calling his identification into question. Hershel Shanks examines the evidence and weighs in as the hunt for Herod’s tomb continues. Read more…

The New Jerusalem Inscription—So What?

Alan Millard

The oldest alphabetic Jerusalem inscription—excavated at the Temple Mount by Eilat Mazar in 2012—has inspired at least seven different readings by as many epigraphers. But, regardless of the reading, what can this inscription tell us about life during the time of David and Solomon? Read more…

Circular Signatures: Getting a Better View of Mesopotamia’s Smallest Art Form

Wayne T. Pitard

Impressions from cylinder seals served as signatures for Mesopotamia’s officials for thousands of years, but these administrative artworks are notoriously difficult to reproduce in publications. New 360-degree photography reveals how ancient artists integrated natural elements from their stone canvases and provides clues about Mesopotamian identity. Read more…

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