Archaeology Today

Archaeology Today


Sep 25

Jericho Named UNESCO World Heritage Site

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

The prehistoric and famed biblical site of Jericho—Tell es-Sultan—was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site during a conference held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Described by […]

church of the Holy Sepulchre

Aug 28

Excavations Continue at the Holy Sepulchre

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Around-the-clock excavations in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre continue to reveal fascinating tidbits about the building’s ancient history, as the church undergoes its most […]

man at dig site using a magnetometer

Aug 23

Magnetometry in Archaeology

By: Marek Dospěl 

Modern archaeology increasingly makes use of scientific methods and tools. Magnetometry, which studies variations in the earth’s geomagnetic field, can reveal ancient structures and objects […]

Jul 24

A Day in the Life at Abel Beth Maacah

By: Maria Cambra

Hello from Abel Beth Maacah in the far north of Israel! Being a dig volunteer here has been such a joy and an incredible learning […]

Jul 21

Just How Big Is the Antiquities Trade?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

The illegal trade of antiquities is often cited as the third-largest illicit market in the world, after only narcotics and weapons. But just how big […]

Indiana Jones

Jul 7

Indiana Jones and Archaeology

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Without a doubt, Indiana Jones is the most famous “archaeologist” of all time. That is just as true among real-world archaeologists as it is for […]

Bar'an Temple

Jun 28

Sheba on the Front Lines

By: Glenn J. Corbett

Marib, the capital of the ancient South Arabian kingdom of Saba and home to the legendary Queen of Sheba, now finds itself on the front […]

Jun 28

Understanding the Good Samaritan Parable

By: BAS Staff

Who were the Samaritans? Dr. Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University explains how getting an accurate answer to this question can shed light on how shocking the Good Samaritan parable would have been for Jesus’ audience.


Jun 27

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 19

Telling a Tell with Artificial Intelligence

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

A team of computer scientists and archaeologists from the University of Bologna in Italy has developed a new tool for identifying archaeological sites using artificial […]