Archaeology Today

Archaeology Today


Jun 16

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.

May 22

Debating the Future of Biblical Archaeology

By: Glenn J. Corbett

This past January, prominent archaeologists and biblical scholars from around the world gathered for a weekend of lectures and discussion at the Lanier Theological Library […]

The Judgment of Solomon, by Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael), c. 1518. Public Domain

May 20

Searching for Solomon

By: John Drummond

The figure of King Solomon has captivated countless generations of Bible readers. The wise king had already reached legendary status in antiquity, and by the […]

May 19

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.


May 17

Locating Plato’s Burial

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Although scholars have long suspected that Plato, one of the most famous philosophers of antiquity, was buried within the grounds of the school he helped […]

May 16

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.

Qasr Bshir © APAAME_20211024_RHB-0060 photo by Robert Bewley

May 8

Archaeology from Above

By: Robert Bewley and Firas Bqa’in

Since its launch in 1997, the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan (AAJ) project has aimed to use aerial reconnaissance and photography to discover previously unrecorded sites […]


Apr 30

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.

Iron Age Jerusalem’s administrative district just south of the ancient Temple Mount. Yaeir Z, Courtesy of the City of David Archive

Apr 10

Biblical “Chamber” Identified in Jerusalem?

By: Marek Dospěl

The magnificent structure recently excavated in the City of David was unique in Jerusalem’s ancient landscape during the closing centuries of the Iron Age. Destroyed […]

Apr 3

Digitizing Ancient Seals

By: Elizabeth Knott

Seals are some of the most compelling and ubiquitous objects we have from the ancient Near East. Small enough to grasp in the palm of […]