Archaeology Today

Archaeology Today


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 1

Text Treasures: Cairo Geniza

By: Marek Dospěl

The Cairo Geniza refers to the cache of about 300,000 documents found in the attic storeroom of the Ben Ezra Synagogue, located in Fustat (in […]

Gideon Avni

May 27

Salvage Excavation in Israel

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Gideon Avni, who heads the Archaeological Division of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), began his archaeology career in 1980. Since then, he has conducted extensive […]

May 26

Where Noah Landed?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Still another group is looking for Mt. Ararat, where the Bible says Noah landed after the flood. This group is looking to confirm the tradition that nearby Mt. Cudi (Judi Dagh) is really Mt. Ararat, as recorded in the Quran, Sura 11.44.

student excavating

May 16

Archaeology Tools from Trowels to Tech

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

With advances in technology, there are more archaeology tools than ever to help excavators dig into the past. Yet sometimes there is no substitute for […]


May 10

Ancient Samaria and Jerusalem

By: Robin Ngo

Jill Katz explains how the field of urban anthropology can shed light on the ideological differences between Jerusalem and Samaria.

May 6

What is Radiocarbon Dating?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

One of the most powerful tools in the modern archaeologist’s toolkit is radiocarbon dating, but what is radiocarbon dating in the first place? In short, […]

May 4

Archaeological Laborers in the Middle East

By: Marek Dospěl

Ever since the 19th century, when Western explorers and archaeologists first began to take a serious, professional interest in the history and cultures of the […]

Mesopotamian boat

Apr 13

Uncovering a 4,000-Year-Old Mesopotamian Boat

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

With archaeologists returning to Iraq, many finds are coming to light, including a 4,000-year-old Mesopotamian boat from the ancient Sumerian city of Uruk. According to […]

Herod Tomb

Apr 3

How Was Jesus’ Tomb Sealed?

By: Megan Sauter

What kind of stone sealed the tomb of Jesus? Was it a round (disk-shaped) stone or a square (cork-shaped) stone? While both kinds of blocking stones are attested in Jerusalem tombs from the time of Jesus, square (cork-shaped) stones are much, much more common than round (disk-shaped) ones.