Ancient Cultures

Ancient Cultures

May 27

BAR Test Kitchen: Samaritan Hummus

By: Jennifer Drummond

The Samaritans are likely best known in the Western world for one person—the famous “Good Samaritan” of Jesus’s parable found in Luke 10:25–37. This character […]

May 25

Israelite Pottery and Household Life

By: Jennifer Drummond

Sustainability is something we hear about a lot these days. New items are developed every day to help reduce waste in our daily lives. One […]

eurytios-krater-louvre

May 24

What Does the Bible Say About Dogs?

By: Megan Sauter

A survey of dogs’ portrayals in ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean cultures shows that far from being perceived as “unclean,” dogs served as companions, guard dogs, sheep dogs, hunters, and—surprisingly—physicians.

Gobekli Tepe

May 22

The Göbekli Tepe Ruins and the Origins of Neolithic Religion

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The massive stone enclosures of the Göbekli Tepe ruins may be the earliest examples of Neolithic religion.

Ancient board games

May 20

Ancient Board Games and Daily Life

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Evidence of ancient board games in the biblical world dates back millennia. While in some regions these games took on religious significance, they were no […]

The Pyramin of Pharaoh Djoser

May 17

Pharaoh’s Brick Makers

By: Marek Dospěl

What does the Bibleclaim about the Israelites’ forced labor for the Pharaoh? Looking for the most plausible match in ancient Egyptian architecture.

tablets-of-jewish-exiles

May 15

How Bad Was the Babylonian Exile?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Was there really weeping from the Judahite exiles by the rivers of Babylon? New evidence suggests that life was actually pretty good for some Judahite deportees and their successors.

May 13

Where Are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Where are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Today, the exact locations of six of the seven ancient Wonders of the World are known. Yet, the […]

May 12

You Are What You Eat: The Israelite Diet and Archaeology

By: Marek Dospěl

Pigs weren’t part of the Israelite diet. 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.

Borghese-mosaic

May 10

What Did Gladiators Eat?

By: Robin Ngo

A study published in PLOS ONE suggests that gladiators really did eat mostly plants and may have drunk an ash tonic as described by ancient authors.