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arad-ostracon

Nov 11

Ancient Military Correspondence: Send Wine

By: Robin Ngo

Send wine: A newly deciphered letter from Israel’s Negev desert describes an exchange of supplies between two Judahite military officers.

Nov 4

Çatalhöyük Mural: The Earliest Representation of a Volcanic Eruption?

By: Noah Wiener

In the early 1960s, archaeologist James Mellaart uncovered a mural at Çatalhöyük, the world’s largest and best-preserved Neolithic site, which he interpreted to represent a volcanic eruption.

king-tut

Oct 14

Epilepsy, Tutankhamun and Monotheism

By: Noah Wiener

Tutankhamun died at a young age with a feminine physique. His closest relatives all shared similar features and fates. Imperial College London surgeon Hutan Ashrafian suggests that the royal family may have had an inherited disorder: frontal lobe epilepsy.

mesha-stele

Sep 30

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.

sulaymaniyah-gilgamesh-epic

Sep 22

Ancient Clay Tablet Offers Insights into the Gilgamesh Epic

By: Robin Ngo

An ancient clay tablet acquired in recent years by the Sulaymaniyah Museum in Iraq offers new insights into the Gilgamesh Epic.

Sep 22

Early Bronze Age: Megiddo’s Great Temple and the Birth of Urban Culture in the Levant

By: Noah Wiener

Megiddo’s Great Temple is a structure that, according to its excavators, “has proven to be the most monumental single edifice so far uncovered in the EB I Levant and ranks among the largest structures of its time in the Near East.”

Sep 18

The Expulsion of the Hyksos

By: Noah Wiener

In the 16th century B.C.E., Ahmose I overthrew the Hyksos and initiated the 18th Dynasty and the New Kingdom of Egypt. Recent archaeological discoveries at Tel Habuwa shed new light on Ahmose’s campaign.

Sep 16

Thonis—A Major Egyptian Port Swallowed by the Sea

By: Noah Wiener

At the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the Egyptian coast lies the spectacular port city of Thonis.

craters-jordan

Sep 16

Archaeological Looting and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage

By: Robin Ngo

In the Middle East, archaeological looting and the deliberate destruction of archaeological sites and monuments are rampant. What, if anything, can be done?

Borghese-mosaic

Aug 25

What Did Gladiators Eat?

By: Robin Ngo

A study published in PLOS ONE suggests that gladiators really did eat mostly plants and may have drunk an ash tonic as described by ancient authors.