Ancient Cultures

Ancient Cultures

Jul 4

Mothers, Goddesses, and Fertility

By: Stephanie Budin

Archaeologists cannot seem to separate their interpretations of female iconography from ideas about fertility. Every goddess of every ancient pantheon is understood to be a […]

Lod mosaic

Jul 1

Lod Mosaic Center Opens in Israel

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Following their whirlwind tour of major museums around the world, the ancient Lod mosaics have returned home. The mosaics—which date to the late third or […]

edomite-goddess- qitmit

Jun 30

Who Were the Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites in the Bible?

By: Megan Sauter

During the Iron Age, when Israel and Judah ruled Canaan, the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom ruled east of the Jordan River. Recent archaeological discoveries vastly increase our understanding of these kingdoms and their religion.

Jun 29

What Caused the Bronze Age Collapse?

By: Megan Sauter

Earthquakes. Drought. Famine. Plague. War. Mass migration. Sadly, we are not strangers to these phenomena. Neither were those who lived in Mediterranean kingdoms during the […]

Main gate of Horvat Tefen

Jun 27

A Galilean Fortress and the Power of the Hasmonean Dynasty

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

For more than a century, the Hasmonean dynasty (167–37 B.C.E.) extended its power from the Negev in the south to the Galilee in the north. […]

bamah-shiloh

Jun 26

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.

Jun 24

From Christianity to Islam in the Negev

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Excavations near the town of Rahat in the Negev Desert shed new light on the transition from the Byzantine to Islamic periods in the southern […]

Jun 20

Jacob the Convert and an Ancient Curse

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

“Jacob the convert swears upon himself that any who open this grave will be cursed.” Thus reads a gravestone discovered in the ancient necropolis of […]

Lost city

Jun 17

Drought Reveals 3,400-Year-Old Lost City

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Droughts across Iraq have been a major source of humanitarian concern, but they have also provided archaeologists with a rare opportunity to excavate an ancient […]

canaanite-sidon-burial

Jun 14

What Happened to the Canaanites?

By: Robin Ngo

For the first time, researchers have conducted DNA sequencing on ancient Canaanite skeletons and have determined where the Canaanites’ descendants can be found today.