Jul 16

History of Bethlehem Documented by First Temple Period Bulla from the City of David

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Earliest History of Bethlehem Documented by First Temple Period Bulla from the City of David Jesus’ Birthplace in Ancient Bethlehem Confirmed as an Israelite City Centuries Earlier

Rachel Kalisher at Ashkelon

Jul 10

Illuminating the Philistines’ Origins

By: Megan Sauter

A new DNA study reveals that the Philistines, the inhabitants of Ashkelon during Iron Age I, had predominantly European ancestry.

Jul 1

Huqoq 2019: Newly Discovered 1,600-Year-Old Mosaic of the Exodus

By: UNC-Chapel Hill, Office of University Communications

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Jodi Magness, together with a team of researchers and students, found at Huqoq the first ancient Jewish depiction of the Elim episode from the Book of Exodus


Jun 27

Ancient Latrine: A Peek into King Hezekiah’s Reforms in the Bible?

By: Robin Ngo

An ancient stone toilet recently unearthed at Lachish may provide archaeological evidence of King Hezekiah’s religious reforms throughout Judah in the eighth century B.C.E. The toilet had been placed in what is interpreted to be a gate-shrine within the largest ancient city gate found in Israel.


Jun 16

Where Is Biblical Bethsaida?

By: Samuel DeWitt Pfister

The ancient village of Bethsaida frequently mentioned in the Gospels is believed to be located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, but where precisely the abandoned city lies remains a fiercely-debated question among scholars.


Jun 11

The Antiquities Market—A “Cat and Mouse Game”

By: Abigail VanderHart

How the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Theft Prevention Unit stays one step ahead of the black market.


Jun 10

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?


May 23

Cheers! Scholars Brew Ancient Beer with Millennia-Old Ingredients

By: Robin Ngo

A recently published paper describes researchers using ancient ingredients to recreate ancient beers.


May 22

The Decline of the Neo-Assyrian Empire

By: Robin Ngo

A recent study argues that overpopulation and drought may have contributed to the rapid demise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire.


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.