Biblical Archaeology Sites

Biblical Archaeology Sites

The Nabonidus Inscription

Oct 28

The Nabonidus Inscription at Sela

By: Megan Sauter

In the sixth century B.C.E., the Neo-Babylonian king Nabonidus inscribed imperial propaganda on a cliff at Sela, a mountain fortress in modern Jordan, after conquering the Edomite site. The 10-by-6.5-foot inscription rests 300 feet above ground—halfway up a 600-foot-tall cliff!

Palace at Hazor

Oct 27

BAF Lecture: The Late Bronze Age Palaces of Hazor

By: Michele Barasso

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) will host the lecture “The Late Bronze Age Palaces of Hazor” by Shlomit Bechar,  a […]

Oct 7

Evidence of Elusive Edom

By: John Drummond

As the descendants of Jacob’s twin brother Esau, the people of Edom have been traditionally connected to their cousins in Israel. According to the account […]

Oct 5

The Edomite Stronghold of Sela

By: Glenn J. Corbett

King Amaziah of Judah (c. 801–783 B.C.E.), after having slain nearly 10,000 Edomites in battle near the southern end of the Dead Sea, is said to have thrown another 10,000 captives from the top of nearby Sela.

Sep 22

Modi’in: Where the Maccabees Lived

By: Robin Ngo

Modi’in was the hometown of the Maccabees, the heroes of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid king who ruled over Judea. Have excavations conducted within the modern Israeli city of Modi’in finally exposed the Jewish village that the Maccabees called home?

Samson Slays a Thousand Men

Sep 9

The Blurred Lines of Biblical Timnah

By: Jennifer Drummond

Who were the people of biblical Timnah—Philistines? Israelites? Judahites? Canaanites? In the article “Blurred Lines: The Enigma of Iron Age Timnah,” from the July/August/September/October 2019 […]

Sep 8

A Samson Mosaic from Huqoq

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Jodi Magness's excavations at Huqoq have exposed an elaborate Samson mosaic as well as new insights into the development of ancient synagogues.

Early Jewish Bread Stamp Found Near Akko

Aug 16

Early Jewish Bread Stamp Found Near Akko

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

In 2011, Excavators with the Israel Antiquities Authority unearthed a 1,500-year-old Jewish bread stamp from a small Byzantine settlement near the ancient port city of […]


Aug 13

King Herod’s Ritual Bath at Machaerus

By: Robin Ngo

Several mikva’ot (Jewish ritual baths) have been uncovered at Machaerus, the palace-fortress on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea where Salome danced and John the Baptist was beheaded. Archaeologist Győző Vörös takes readers on a journey through past and current archaeological excavations that have resulted in the discovery of these ritual baths.

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Aug 9

Ancient Senate Building Found in North Sinai

By: Jonathan Laden

I will pour out my wrath on Pelusium, the fortress of Egypt, and cut off the troops of Thebes. I will set fire to Egypt; […]