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Nov 15

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.

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Oct 28

Possible Byzantine Monastery Exposed near Beth Shemesh

By: Robin Ngo

A large Byzantine-era compound outside of Beth Shemesh has recently been discovered. IAA archaeologists believe the compound, which contained olive oil and wine presses and colorful mosaics, was a monastery.

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Oct 12

Phoenician Shipwreck Located off Coast of Malta

By: Robin Ngo

Maritime archaeologists have discovered what may be the oldest shipwreck found thus far in the central Mediterranean.

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Oct 6

Skilled Craftsmen, Not Slaves, Smelted Copper at Timna

By: Robin Ngo

In a recently published study, scholars suggest that ancient metalworkers in the Timna Valley were not slaves, as popularly believed, but highly skilled craftsmen.

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Sep 21

The Seleucid Akra: 2,200-Year-Old Jerusalem Fortress Uncovered?

By: Robin Ngo

Archaeologists excavating in the City of David may have found the fortress that Seleucid King Antiochus constructed following his conquest of Jerusalem around 167 B.C.E.

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Sep 17

Givati Parking Lot Dig Unearths Rare Seal of Woman

By: Robin Ngo

Two First Temple period seals were discovered in the Givati Parking Lot excavations in Jerusalem. One seal belonged to a woman named Elihana bat Gael.

Google, Israel Museum Put Dead Sea Scrolls Online

Sep 10

Dead Sea Scrolls Online: IAA Expands Digital Library

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The Israel Antiquities Authority launched the updated Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, a website that allows visitors to view and search high-resolution images of the complete Dead Sea Scrolls archive online.

Aug 18

Ancient Bread: 14,400-Year-Old Flatbreads Unearthed in Jordan

By: Samuel DeWitt Pfister

In northeast Jordan, archaeologists discovered ancient “bread-like” remains that pre-date the emergence of agriculture by at least 4,000 years.

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 […]

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Aug 4

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.