Ancient Cultures

Ancient Cultures

earring or tassel

Aug 21

Start of the Jewish Diaspora

By: Jonathan Laden

On August 11, the Mount Zion archaeological project announced in a press release that archaeologists have discovered evidence of the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem from […]

Aug 19

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.

Aug 18

Ancient Bread: 14,400-Year-Old Flatbreads Unearthed in Jordan

By: Samuel DeWitt Pfister

In northeast Jordan, archaeologists discovered ancient “bread-like” remains that pre-date the emergence of agriculture by at least 4,000 years.

stepped pool

Aug 14

Jewish Purification or Gentile Bathing?

By: Michele Barasso

When scholars talk about Jewish ritual purity practices in Roman period Judea and Galilee, they most readily associate them with the Jerusalem Temple. Any participant […]

Aug 12

Queens of Egypt

By: Megan Sauter

Those who sat on the throne of Egypt, one of the mightiest kingdoms of the ancient world, wielded a tremendous amount of power. At a time […]

Hazor Excavation Sketch

Aug 6

Canaanite Palace Staircase

By: Jonathan Laden

A massive staircase made of basalt plates 4.5 meters wide has been discovered at Tell Hazor, an ongoing excavation by Hebrew University, a part of the Selz Foundation Hazor Excavations in memory of Yigael Yadin. The lead archaeologists are Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor and Dr. Shlomit Bechar.

sulaymaniyah-gilgamesh-epic

Aug 4

Ancient Clay Tablet Offers Insights into the Gilgamesh Epic

By: Robin Ngo

An ancient clay tablet acquired in recent years by the Sulaymaniyah Museum in Iraq offers new insights into the Gilgamesh Epic.

hattusa-wall

Aug 3

Who Were the Hittites?

By: Ellen White

Archaeology tells us a lot about the Hittites—and the Neo-Hittites too. But it’s hard to reconcile this with the Hittites of the Bible.

Tell es-Safi excavation

Jul 30

Giant Goliath Slept Here

By: BAS Staff

As covered in recent articles by Ha’aretz and another by The Times of Israel, archaeologists have uncovered evidence of unusually large stone fortifications beneath the […]

Jul 29

Infant Jar Burials in Ancient Canaan

By: Megan Sauter

How did people in ancient Canaan bury their dead babies? Many placed their dead babies in storage jars. These were then buried under the walls and […]