Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Apr 11

The Ancient Altar from Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

During building renovations in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, archaeologists came across a stunning discovery, a large section from the church’s original ancient altar. […]

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 […]

Cenacle Jerusalem

Mar 28

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?

Herod Tomb

Mar 24

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.

hezekiah-bulla

Mar 3

King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

By: Robin Ngo

For the first time, the royal seal of King Hezekiah in the Bible has been found in an archaeological excavation.

The Jerusalem Citadel

Nov 14

What Were the Crusades and How Did They Impact Jerusalem?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Some of the most famous churches in Jerusalem were built during the Christian Crusades by Crusaders wishing to memorialize sites they believed to have great Christian significance.

The tower built to protect the Gihon Spring

Nov 8

Locating Jerusalem’s Millo

By: BAS Staff

Central to the development of Jerusalem in antiquity was the Gihon Spring, which provided the city with a year-round source of fresh water. The spring […]

The legendary craftsman Daedalus creating wax wings for his son, Icarus. Credit: Public Domain/The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection AP

Oct 4

Daedalus in Jerusalem

By: John Drummond

Up until more modern times, workers’ guilds were very important for the livelihood of people in various professions. Merchants, craftsmen, poets, and writers—each group needed […]

Aug 31

Hezekiah’s Tunnel Reexamined

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

For more than a hundred years, an extraordinary water tunnel in Jerusalem has been attributed to King Hezekiah, who dug it to protect the city’s water supply during the Assyrian siege of 701 B.C.E. Hence its name, Hezekiah’s Tunnel. However, recent scholarly publications now argue that the tunnel was not built by Hezekiah but by his predecessor or his successors.

church of the Holy Sepulchre

Aug 28

Excavations Continue at the Holy Sepulchre

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Around-the-clock excavations in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre continue to reveal fascinating tidbits about the building’s ancient history, as the church undergoes its most […]