Current Digital Issue January/February 2019 Vol. 45 No. 1

About this issue: As the days grow shorter and colder, think of warmer regions and times with our 2019 Digs Issue! Read about excavation opportunities in 2019 throughout the lands of the Bible, learn what life is like on a dig, and discover a “Biblical” tell in the middle of the U.S. Read more…

Digs 2019: A Day in the Life

Robert R. Cargill

When the alarm clock blares at 4 a.m., it’s time to get up and start the dig day. Join BAR Editor Robert R. Cargill in his trademark tie-dye shirt as he walks you through a typical day in the life of an archaeological dig participant. It’s always grueling but never dull. And find out what excavation opportunities are available in the Holy Land this summer! Read more…

The Last Days of Canaanite Azekah

Oded Lipschits, Sabine Kleiman, Ido Koch, Karl Berendt, Vanessa Linares, Sarah Richardson, Manfred Oeming, and Yuval Gadot

Excavations at Late Bronze Age Tel Azekah reveal various aspects of daily life in this Canaanite city, including its close interactions with Egypt. The gruesome discovery of four human skeletons poses questions about the final days of Azekah and how those dramatic events might be related to the Bronze Age collapse of Mediterranean civilizations. Read more…

Commander of the Fortress? Understanding an Ancient Israelite Military Title

William M. Schniedewind

From Tel Arad to Kuntillet ‘Ajrud to Jerusalem, Biblical scholar William M. Schniedewind guides BAR readers on a survey of ancient Israelite seals and inscriptions with an enigmatic title that has been variously translated “Governor of the City” and “Commander of the Fortress.” Who was this figure? Discover his importance and place in ancient Israelite and Judahite society. Read more…

The Legend of Tel Achzib, Arkansas

Dale W. Manor

Excavations are underway at Tel Achzib—meaning “ruin of deception”—in Searcy, Arkansas. Created by archaeologists at Harding University, this artificial tell serves as a Biblical archaeology lab that introduces students to excavation technique and methodology. Especially for students unable to travel and dig in the Biblical lands, Tel Achzib offers a valuable, informative, and fun experience. Read more…


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