Daily Life and Practice

Daily Life and Practice

Apr 15

Making Sense of Kosher Laws

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The origins of Jewish dietary or kosher laws (kashrut) have long been the subject of scholarly research and debate.

Mar 26

Was Biblical Israel an Egalitarian Society?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Although excavated structures, pottery and other household artifacts offer a glimpse of daily life in the Iron Age highlands of Canaan, no burials or tombs have been found. What do these findings reveal about the ideology of early Iron Age Israelite society?

Mar 25

Jewish Purification: Stone Vessel Workshop Discovered in Galilee

By: Robin Ngo

An excavation at a cave in Galilee has uncovered what may be a 2,000-year-old stone vessel production center. In the first century C.E., Jews commonly used stone vessels in observance of Jewish purity laws.

Mar 11

Doctors, Diseases and Deities: Epidemic Crises and Medicine in Ancient Rome

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

In this lecture presented at The Explorers Club in New York, Sarah Yeomans examines a recently excavated archaeological site that has substantially contributed to our understanding of what ancient Romans did to combat disease and injury.

Feb 18

The Origins of Democracy

By: James Sickinger

When we think of democracy, we usually think of the ancient Greeks, but identifying the exact origins of political practices can be tricky.


Jan 20

What Did Gladiators Eat?

By: Robin Ngo

A study published in PLOS ONE suggests that gladiators really did eat mostly plants and may have drunk an ash tonic as described by ancient authors.

Jan 20

A Feast for the Senses … and the Soul

By: Dorothy Willette

Go on a journey of the senses through history and discover the significance of ritual feasts and meals in antiquity.

Jan 7

Classical Corner: Phidias and Pericles: Hold My Wine

By: Diane Harris Cline

One way we protect our things is to label them. Ancient Greeks were no different when it came to such practices, including two famous fifth-century B.C.E. Athenians.

Jan 2

How Did Ancient Bureaucrats Set Their Interest Rates?

By: Michael Hudson

When did people begin issuing interest-bearing loans? And how did they decide how much to charge for the privilege of borrowing money?

Jan 1

How Ancient Taxes Were Collected Under King Manasseh

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

A seventh-century B.C.E. clay bulla inscribed in paleo-Hebrew script provides evidence for how ancient taxes were collected during the reign of the Biblical King Manasseh.