Ancient Israel

Ancient Israel

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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 […]

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 […]

LBA coffin Jezreel detail

Jul 28

Elite Canaanite Burial Discovered in the Jezreel Valley

By: Robin Ngo

IAA archaeologists have discovered a 3,300-year-old anthropoid coffin with Egyptianizing features belonging to a wealthy Canaanite near Tel Shadud in the Jezreel Valley.

Jul 27

Early Bronze Age: Megiddo’s Great Temple and the Birth of Urban Culture in the Levant

By: Noah Wiener

Megiddo’s Great Temple is a structure that, according to its excavators, “has proven to be the most monumental single edifice so far uncovered in the EB I Levant and ranks among the largest structures of its time in the Near East.”

Aerial view of Khirbet_a-Ra‘i

Jul 24

Biblical Town of Ziklag May Have Been Discovered

By: BAS Staff

Located between Kiryat Gat and Lachish in southern Israel, Khirbet a-Ra‘i has been the site of excavations since 2015. The researchers recently announced their belief […]

Jul 23

Philistine and Israelite Religion at Tell es-Safi/Gath

By: Noah Wiener

Over the past few years, excavations at Tell es-Safi have exposed some remarkable cultic discoveries, including a horned altar.

Royal View

Jul 22

Royal Portico on the Temple Mount

By: BAS Staff

Archaeologists are no longer primarily dependent on descriptions from the first-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus for understanding what Herod’s Royal Portico (also known as Herod’s […]

Jul 19

The Architecture of Herod, the Great Builder

By: Reviewed by Hillel Geva

Hillel Geva reviews "The Architecture of Herod: the Great Builder" by Ehud Netzer


Jul 1

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 28

Hezekiah’s Religious Reform—In the Bible and Archaeology

By: David Rafael Moulis

According to the Hebrew Bible, Hezekiah “removed the high places, broke down the pillars and cut down the sacred pole” (2 Kings 18:4). What was Hezekiah’s religious reform like on the ground, and what were his motives?