Archaeology Today

Archaeology Today

Isfehani Dome and Gardens, Iran

Sep 13

A Glimpse of Isfahani Architecture

By: Samuel D. Pfister

Although many readers may be familiar with the characteristic architectural features of a typical mosque—tall minarets and ornate, often gold-capped domes—few readers of BAR may […]

Codex Gigas

Sep 11

Aramaic Biographies of Angels and Demons

By: Andrew Perrin

Part of the challenge and opportunity of studying the Bible is that, while it often feels familiar, it comes from a foreign context. The texts […]

Karnak Wall

Sep 3

Biblical History at Karnak Temple

By: Don Knebel

Mr. Don Knebel traveled with BAS to Egypt in 2007; subsequently Jordan and many other places in the world.  In 2015 he wrote “Flushed with Curiosity; […]

Aug 25

Understanding the Good Samaritan Parable

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Who were the Samaritans? Dr. Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University explains how getting an accurate answer to this question can shed light on how shocking the Good Samaritan parable would have been for Jesus’ audience.


Jul 4

First Person: The Gender Divide

By: Robert Cargill

Gender parity is a problem in the academy.


Jul 1

High Places, Altars and the Bamah

By: Ellen White

The open-air altar shrine, called a bamah (plural bamot), is known through several books of the Biblical canon. Often referred to as “high places” in translations of the Bible, bamot were worship sites that usually contained an altar.

Robert Cargill

Jun 25

First Person: Who Owns History?

By: Robert Cargill

The Met repatriated a looted artifact to Egypt. Will other museums follow their example?


Jun 11

The Antiquities Market—A “Cat and Mouse Game”

By: Abigail VanderHart

How the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Theft Prevention Unit stays one step ahead of the black market.


Jun 10

Archaeological Looting and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage

By: Robin Ngo

In the Middle East, archaeological looting and the deliberate destruction of archaeological sites and monuments are rampant. What, if anything, can be done?


Jun 9

Endangered Heritage: Archaeological Looting in Turkey

By: Marek Dospěl

According to Mark R. Fairchild, archaeological looting is alive and well in rural and remote areas of Turkey.