Ancient Cultures

Ancient Cultures

petra-treasury

Jan 15

Solving the Enigma of Petra and the Nabataeans

By: Glenn J. Corbett

Who were the Nabataeans, the industrious Arab people who built the city of Petra and its towering rock-cut monuments over 2,000 years ago?

Byzantine Period Tombstone Inscribed in Greek

Jan 11

Byzantine Tombstone Discovered in Negev

By: Jonathan Laden

Archaeologists generally do quite a bit of planning, choosing dig sites, and working meticulously in the hopes of making a meaningful discovery. Most advances emerge […]

bulla

Jan 7

Lasting Impressions from Ancient Maresha 

By: Marek Dospěl

Archaeologists excavating the Hellenistic city of Maresha made a stunning discovery in 2018, when they stumbled upon what must have been an ancient archive. So […]

Jan 6

Christian Magic and Miracles

By: Marek Dospěl

In the first centuries of Christianity, Church authorities already disapproved of magic and amulets. Yet amulets, oracles, and magic among Christians survived well into the […]

Dove

Jan 1

The Enduring Symbolism of Doves

By: Dorothy Willette

Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. Read about what it represents and how its use has been shared, adapted and reinterpreted across cultures and millennia to suit changing belief systems.

Sukkot

Dec 31

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

By: Megan Sauter

In ancient Israel, were gluttony and drunkenness—excessive eating and drinking—viewed as acceptable behaviors? As it turns out, the answer is somewhat complicated. On the one […]

Gethsemane Ritual Bath

Dec 29

Remains Found at Gethsemane

By: Jonathan Laden

Near the modern Gethsemane Church, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, excavations have revealed the remains of a Second Temple period mikveh (ritual […]

Dec 28

Who Were the Phoenicians?

By: Megan Sauter

With a commercial empire that lasted a millennium, the Phoenicians were major players in the ancient Mediterranean world. Spreading their culture and goods, they came into contact with many different groups, but their relationship with the Israelites was distinct.

Counter Showing Ducks and Rooster

Dec 26

Pompeii Fast Food Restaurant Uncovered

By: Jonathan Laden

Before Mt. Vesuvius erupted, the city of Pompeii housed 10,000 to 20,000 people, including many wealthy Romans who owned summer homes there. Among the other […]

Judean date palm

Dec 22

New Fruit from Old Seeds

By: Megan Sauter

While excavating in the Judean wilderness, archaeologists found hundreds of seeds from palm trees that grew in the arid region some 2,000 years ago. Dr. […]