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Archaeology Today

Feb 8

Unwavering and Obstreperous 

By: William G. Dever 

I’m one of the few people who can say they knew Hershel Shanks and BAR before they both became famous. In 1972, when I was […]

Feb 8

Scaling Ivory Towers

By: Alan Millard

To see yourself as others see you can be helpful, instructive, revealing, disconcerting, and even irritating! Hershel styles himself “an archaeology outsider” in his autobiography. […]

Feb 7

The Face of BAR 

By: André Lemaire 

Biblical Archaeology Review has now a long road of 42 years behind it. For me, this long road has a face: its founder and editor, […]

Feb 7

The Archaeological Evangelist

By: Amy-Jill Levine

It is difficult to say no to Hershel Shanks. Much like Jesus, he has the capacity to say to otherwise busy people, “Come, follow me. […]

Hershel Shanks and Eric Cline

Feb 7

Larger Than Life 

By: Eric H. Cline 

I have never lived, professionally speaking, in a world without Hershel Shanks and Biblical Archaeology Review. He began the magazine in 1975, when I was still […]


Feb 7

Born in Our Living Room 

By: Eric and Carol Meyers 

We have told this story before, but it bears repeating on this special occasion celebrating Hershel’s long tenure at the helm of Biblical Archaeology Review. […]

Hershel Shanks

Feb 6

In Memory of Hershel Shanks 

By: Bas Staff

This week, the Biblical Archaeology Society remembers the life and achievements of Biblical Archaeology Review’s founder and Editor Emeritus, Hershel Shanks, who passed away February 5, 2021 […]

Legio volunteers excavate the sacellum

Dec 21

Uncovering a Roman Army Base at Legio 

By: Megan Sauter

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones famously says, “X never, ever marks the spot.” While that is true with most archaeological excavations, […]

Herod Tomb

Oct 28

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.

Phoenician Ships

Oct 15

Phoenicians Sailing to the New World

By: Jonathan Laden

It has already been established that Columbus was not the first European to lead an expedition to the “New World,” across the vast Atlantic Ocean […]