Aug 2

Colorful Crusader Churches

By: Jonathan Klawans

Seasoned visitors to Jerusalem surely know the Church of St. Anne, a pristinely preserved 12th-century Crusader church in the Romanesque style, near the beginning of […]

British Museum Flood Tablet

Jul 12

The Epic of Gilgamesh

By: Marek Dospěl

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient Mesopotamian literary work that tells a fantastic story of King Gilgamesh’s failed quest for immortality. Set in early […]

Jun 9

Milestones: Ilan Sharon

By: Jeffrey R. Zorn

Ilan Sharon, the former Nahman Avigad Chair of Biblical Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology, passed away at his home in […]

Jun 7

Searching for the Balm of Gilead

By: Megan Sauter

The Bible describes a “balm” of Gilead that is counted among “the choice fruits of the land” (Genesis 43:11). Renowned for its medicinal and aromatic […]

May 11

The Rosetta Stone: Key to Egyptian Hieroglyphs

By: Marek Dospěl

Just over two hundred years ago, on September 14, 1822, Jean-François Champollion (1790–1832) cracked the code of the Egyptian hieroglyphic script and the language behind […]

Apr 12

The Egyptian Journey of Jeremiah in the Bible

By: Marek Dospěl

When the biblical prophet Jeremiah decided to leave Judah and spend the rest of his life in Egyptian exile (Jeremiah 43), it must have been […]


Feb 27

Brain Surgery at Canaanite Megiddo

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Editor’s Note: This blog article contains images of human skeletal remains. While archaeology is not brain surgery, sometimes it can find evidence for it in the […]

Feb 8

The History of the Tetragrammaton

By: John Drummond

  There is a famous movie scene in which the world’s most notorious archaeologist, Indiana Jones, must pass a series of harrowing trials in order […]

Dante’s Vision of Rachel and Leah

Oct 5

Rachel and Leah in the Bible

By: Megan Sauter

Who are Rachel and Leah in the Bible? Sisters, rivals, mothers, matriarchs—these two women had a complicated relationship.  In the Fall 2022 issue of Biblical Archaeology […]

Sep 8

First Temple Papyrus? Exclusive Interview with Joe Uziel

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Watch an EXCLUSIVE interview with Joe Uziel, head of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Dead Sea Scrolls Unit, who discusses the recovery of a papyrus that […]