Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

Ramesses the Great

Jun 3

The Sarcophagus of Ramesses the Great

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

More than 3,200 years after the death of Ramesses the Great (r. 1279–1213 BCE), a large piece of his burial sarcophagus has been identified. Publishing […]

The Pyramin of Pharaoh Djoser

May 7

Pharaoh’s Brick Makers

By: Marek Dospěl

What does the Bibleclaim about the Israelites’ forced labor for the Pharaoh? Looking for the most plausible match in ancient Egyptian architecture.

A relief from the mortuary temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu depicting severed hands of defeated enemies. Asta, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Apr 17

Severed Hands at Avaris

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff 

In 2011, archaeologists excavating Avaris (modern Tell el-Dab‘a), in the eastern Nile Delta, made a gruesome discovery. In three pits just outside an ancient palace […]

Jan 8

Buddha in Ancient Egypt

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

While excavating the ancient Red Sea port of Berenike in southeastern Egypt, an international team discovered a remarkable statue of Buddha dating to the Roman […]

Great Sphinx of Giza

Nov 27

The Origins of the Great Sphinx of Giza

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

The Great Sphinx of Giza is a monolithic structure and one of the ancient world’s most iconic monuments, alongside the Pyramids of Giza. However, unlike […]

Elephantine text

Oct 27

A Jewish Curse Text from Elephantine

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

While the Hebrew Bible provides a great deal of information on ancient Israelite religion and Yahweh worship, there are very few extrabiblical texts that inform […]

Canopic jar

Sep 15

The Egyptian “Scent of Eternity”

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Analyzing residue from two canopic jars from the 3,500-year-old tomb of an Egyptian noblewoman, a team of researchers has discovered the ingredients to an Egyptian […]

mummification workshop

Jun 16

Two Mummification Workshops Discovered at Saqqara

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Egyptian excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saqqara, south of Cairo, have revealed two of the most complete mummification workshops ever discovered. Announced […]

Byzantine monastery

May 15

Egyptian Excavation Reveals Byzantine Monastery

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Excavations in the governorate of Assiut in central Egypt have revealed the remains of a Byzantine monastery built over much earlier tombs from the first […]

May 11

The Rosetta Stone: Key to Egyptian Hieroglyphs

By: Marek Dospěl

Just over two hundred years ago, on September 14, 1822, Jean-François Champollion (1790–1832) cracked the code of the Egyptian hieroglyphic script and the language behind […]