Ancient Cultures

Ancient Cultures

Nov 26

A Biblical Spice Rack

By: Devorah Emmet Wigoder

The brevity of life is compared to the delicate bloom of the caper in one of the Bible’s many references to fragrant and edible plants. Enjoy a glimpse of some of these plants.

Nov 20

The 10 Strangest Foods in the Bible

By: David Moster

Many Biblical stories are set within the context of a meal. While most of these are about regular meals, others refer to more bizarre, extreme or supernatural cases of eating and drinking.


Nov 20

Marijuana Found at Ancient Temple in Israel

By: Jonathan Laden

Judahite Shrine of Tel Arad from 8th century B.C.E. has residue of cannabis and of frankincense

The juglet and the gold coins

Nov 19

1,000-year-old Gold Coins Found

By: Jonathan Laden

Four ancient gold coins were found during an excavation in the Old City of Jerusalem. They were from the late 940s to 970s C.E., a […]


Nov 11

Ancient Military Correspondence: Send Wine

By: Robin Ngo

Send wine: A newly deciphered letter from Israel’s Negev desert describes an exchange of supplies between two Judahite military officers.


Nov 10

Asherah and the Asherim: Goddess or Cult Symbol?

By: Ellen White

Who is Asherah? What is asherah? The reference may be to a particular goddess, a class of goddess or a cult symbol used to represent the goddess. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish what meaning is intended.

Jars and object found at Beit El

Nov 8

Second Temple Period Jars Found

By: Jonathan Laden

Clay objects and dozens of jars were found in what had been a water hole at the Khirbet Kafr Mer site in Beit El, on […]

Nov 4

Çatalhöyük Mural: The Earliest Representation of a Volcanic Eruption?

By: Noah Wiener

In the early 1960s, archaeologist James Mellaart uncovered a mural at Çatalhöyük, the world’s largest and best-preserved Neolithic site, which he interpreted to represent a volcanic eruption.

Ape Shenoute

Nov 2

Pray and Work like an Egyptian Monk

By: Marek Dospěl

“And together, all shall submit to the one who is in charge of them, with all submissiveness and all propriety, in what he directs them […]

Colorful illustrations visible on this 3,000 year old coffin.

Oct 31

Ancient Egyptian Mummies Found in the Valley of the Kings

By: Jonathan Laden

In the largest find of its type in a century, archaeologists uncovered thirty mummies in sealed coffins. They were found, in the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile, by accident when an archaeologist noticed the head of one coffin sticking out from the sand.