May 19

Isaiah’s Signature Uncovered in Jerusalem

By: Megan Sauter

Archaeologist Eilat Mazar reveals what may be a seal impression of the prophet Isaiah—unveiled here for the first time ever—in honor of Hershel Shanks’s retirement as Editor of BAR.


May 18

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.


May 10

Nero’s Golden House: New Room Exposed in the Domus Aurea

By: Robin Ngo

Only portions of Nero’s Golden House have survived nearly two millennia of history—including a newly discovered palace room.

May 6

Putting a Price Tag on History

By: BAS Staff

In 2018, Christie’s Auction House sold an ancient Assyrian relief for $31 million, setting a new world record for Assyrian art.


May 4

Justinian Plague Linked to the Black Death

By: Noah Wiener

Bacterial research has linked the Justinian Plague to the world’s most infamous affliction, the Black Death.


May 3

Scholars Identify Biblical King Balak on the Mesha Stele

By: Robin Ngo

Scholars have proposed a new reading of the Mesha Stele: one line refers not to the “House of David,” but to the Moab king Balak from the story of Balaam in the Bible.

Apr 18

Copper Ingots Found in Ancient Shipwreck off Turkish Coast

By: Samuel DeWitt Pfister

A team of underwater archaeologists recently found the remains of an ancient shipwreck just off the coast of Turkey.

Apr 16

Nathan-Melek: Servant of the King

By: Megan Sauter

An impressive new seal impression has been uncovered in the City of David in Jerusalem.

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.

Mar 25

Jewish Purification: Stone Vessel Workshop Discovered in Galilee

By: Robin Ngo

An excavation at a cave in Galilee has uncovered what may be a 2,000-year-old stone vessel production center. In the first century C.E., Jews commonly used stone vessels in observance of Jewish purity laws.