Ancient Cultures

Ancient Cultures

Mar 27

Purity and Impurity in Iron Age Israel

By: Marek Dospěl

The idea of clean and unclean is universal, and we distinguish between clean and unclean things on daily basis when we ask ourselves: “Should I […]

Mar 26

Was Biblical Israel an Egalitarian Society?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Although excavated structures, pottery and other household artifacts offer a glimpse of daily life in the Iron Age highlands of Canaan, no burials or tombs have been found. What do these findings reveal about the ideology of early Iron Age Israelite society?

Mar 25

Jewish Purification: Stone Vessel Workshop Discovered in Galilee

By: Robin Ngo

An excavation at a cave in Galilee has uncovered what may be a 2,000-year-old stone vessel production center. In the first century C.E., Jews commonly used stone vessels in observance of Jewish purity laws.

Exodus in the Bible and the Egyptian Plagues

Mar 22

Exodus in the Bible and the Egyptian Plagues

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The Book of Exodus describes ten Egyptian plagues that bring suffering to the land of pharaoh. Are these Biblical plagues plausible on any level?


Mar 18

Site-Seeing: Surprising Susa

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Even for the intrepid traveler who tours Iran, the ancient Persian capital of Susa often gets left off the itinerary.


Mar 17

Jewish Captives in the Imperial City

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Ancient Rome was the superpower of its day. Yet, when the Romans conquered the tiny province of Judea and quashed the First Jewish Revolt in 70 C.E., it was actually a pretty big deal.

Mar 15

What a Lotus in the Left Hand Means

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

What does holding a lotus in the left hand mean in ancient Near Eastern art?

Mar 14

Origins: 3.14159265…

By: Kim Jonas

Why did the ancients invent increasingly subtle and ingenious methods to arrive at an exact value of pi? Human curiosity.

Mar 11

Doctors, Diseases and Deities: Epidemic Crises and Medicine in Ancient Rome

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

In this lecture presented at The Explorers Club in New York, Sarah Yeomans examines a recently excavated archaeological site that has substantially contributed to our understanding of what ancient Romans did to combat disease and injury.

Mar 10

Israelite Kings Depicted in Ancient Art?

By: Noah Wiener

Has archaeology uncovered portraits of two Israelite kings? One contender is on the famous Black Obelisk from Nimurd/Calah, but scholars differ about the identification. Another more recent candidate for an Israelite king’s portrait is an image from a wall at Kuntillet ‘Ajrud, a remote site in the Sinai desert.