Ancient Cultures

Ancient Cultures

Hattusa Entrance

Dec 6

The Last Days of Hattusa

By: Trevor Bryce

In the latter part of the second millennium B.C., the Hittite empire was a Near Eastern superpower. Then, suddenly, the empire collapsed and Hattusa was invaded and destroyed.

Brozne Age Scarab

Dec 5

Bronze Age Scarab Discovered During School Field Trip

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

It is not every day you discover a Bronze Age scarab completely by accident. Yet this is exactly what happened to Gilad Stern while he […]

Church of Byzantine Christians

Dec 2

Inscriptions of Everyday Byzantine Christians Discovered

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

As Yana Qadem, conservator for the Hippos-Sussita expedition in the Galilee, carefully removed dirt from a previously excavated mosaic, she made an unexpected discovery that […]

Philistine captives at Medinet Habu

Nov 30

The Philistines: Urban Invaders or Emergent Immigrants?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

A study, which examined archaeological finds from several Philistines cities, concluded that Philistine urbanization occurred gradually and only took place after they entered the southern Levant and were integrated with the local Canaanite community.

Who discovered Iceland

Nov 28

Who Discovered Iceland?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

While the Norse settler Naddodd is frequently credited with the discovery of Iceland, a different theory suggests that it might have actually been the ancient […]

The Black Obelisk

Nov 25

The Kurkh Monolith and Black Obelisk

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

This is the first part of an exclusive Bible History Daily series on historical texts that are important for understanding the history and world of […]

Biblical Bread Baking

Nov 24

Biblical Bread: Baking Like the Ancient Israelites

By: Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

A team from the Tell Halif archaeological excavation made their own tannur, a traditional oven referenced in the Hebrew Bible, and baked bread in it.


Nov 24

Jews and Arabs Descended from Canaanites

By: Jonathan Laden

After examining the DNA of 93 bodies recovered from archaeological sites around the southern Levant, the land of Canaan in the Bible, researchers have concluded […]

Nov 23

Tutankhamun’s Centenary: 100 Years since the Discovery of King Tut’s Tomb

By: Marek Dospěl

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, on November 4, 1922, archaeologists working in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings uncovered the first of 16 steps leading down to […]

Egyptian temple tunnel

Nov 17

Tunnel Discovered Under Egyptian Temple

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

While looking for the burial place of Queen Cleopatra, archaeologists uncovered the entrance to a long tunnel running underneath the Egyptian temple of Taposiris Magna, […]