Biblical Archaeology Sites

Biblical Archaeology Sites

Apr 11

Wilderness Wanderings: Where is Kadesh?

By: Robin Ngo

According to the Bible, the Israelites stayed at a place called Kadesh-Barnea following their Exodus from Egypt and wanderings through the desert. Where is Kadesh-Barnea?

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Apr 9

Where Is Biblical Colossae?

By: Megan Sauter

The once great city of Colossae in modern Turkey has never been excavated. To the untrained eye, the site may appear unimpressive, but great archaeological treasures lie beneath its surface.

Apr 8

Hierapolis and the Gateway to Hell

By: Noah Wiener

Italian archaeologists excavating the Phrygian city of Hierapolis in southwestern Turkey uncovered the remains of Pluto’s Gate, a site considered an entrance into the underworld in the Greco-Roman period.

Apr 7

The Church of Laodicea in the Bible and Archaeology

By: Megan Sauter

Laodicea was a wealthy city in western Turkey that flourished for centuries. Why does the author of the Book of Revelation call the church of Laodicea “lukewarm”—neither hot nor cold? Recent excavations at the site might provide the answer.

Apr 2

Did Jesus’ Last Supper Take Place Above the Tomb of David?

By: Marek Dospěl

Jesus’ Last Supper and the Tomb of David are traditionally associated with a building called the Cenacle in Jerusalem. Can archaeology shed light on these traditions?

Feb 22

Ancient Pergamon

By: Sarah Yeomans

Ancient Pergamon's strategic location along both land and sea trading routes contributed to its prosperity. Pilgrims from all over the Mediterranean region would flock to the city to engage in commerce or to visit the famous Asclepion, a center of medical treatments.

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Feb 18

The Cruel End of Canaanite Azekah

By: Marek Dospěl

The gruesome discovery of four human skeletons at Tel Azekah poses questions about the final days of the Canaanite city and how those dramatic events might be related to the Bronze Age collapse of Mediterranean civilizations.

Feb 10

Where Is Sodom?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The stories of Sodom and its destruction, whether historical or not, were clearly understood to have occurred near the Dead Sea, among the so-called “cities of the plain” mentioned in Genesis 13, verse 12. But where exactly was this plain, and was a particular site associated with Sodom?

Jan 23

Heavy Rains Reveal Limestone Funerary Busts Near Beth Shean, Israel

By: Samuel DeWitt Pfister

Heavy winter rains led to the discovery of a pair of rare specimens in Israel.

Beth Shean in the Bible and Archaeology

Jan 22

Beth Shean in the Bible and Archaeology

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Beth Shean plays an important role in the Bible following the death of King Saul and as a major Israelite administrative center. Excavations over the past century have revealed what archaeology (and the Bible) can—and can’t—tell us about the site’s history.