Current Digital Issue November/December 2016 Vol. 42 No. 6

About this issue: As the days grow shorter and colder, grab your favorite hot beverage and reading material to transport you to warmer lands. Journey to the ancient world with the November/December 2016 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. Read more…

Ammon, Moab and Edom: Gods and Kingdoms East of the Jordan

Joel S. Burnett

During the Iron Age, when Israel and Judah ruled Canaan, the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom ruled east of the Jordan River. They and their gods are featured in the Bible. Recent archaeological discoveries vastly increase our understanding of these kingdoms and their religion. Read more…

Pigs as an Ethnic Marker? You Are What You Eat

Lidar Sapir-Hen

Ancient Israelites didn’t eat pigs. Philistines did. Therefore if you are excavating and find lots of pig bones at your site, it can’t be Israelite—or can it? A new survey brings this conventional wisdom into question with surprising results. Read more…

Relics in Rubble: The Temple Mount Sifting Project

Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira

Jerusalem’s Temple Mount is one of the world’s holiest sites; archaeological excavations are prohibited here. But, in November 1999, the Islamic trust that controls the Islamic structures on the site bulldozed a massive area in the southeastern corner of the Temple Mount and dumped the excavated debris into the Kidron Valley. Two archaeologists are running a pioneering project to wet-sift this debris to search for Temple Mount artifacts that have been concealed for centuries. Read more…

What the Temple Mount Floor Looked Like

Frankie Snyder, Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira

More than a hundred colorful polished stone tiles have been recovered by the Temple Mount Sifting Project. The tiles reveal what the Temple Mount floors looked like in Herod’s time. They were paved in a technique called opus sectile. Read more…

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