Aug 16 Blog
In the history of crucifixion, the death of Jesus of Nazareth stands out as the best-known example by far. Crucifixion in antiquity was actually a fairly common punishment, but there were no known physical remains from a crucifixion. Then, in 1968, archaeologist Vassilios Tzaferis excavated a Jerusalem tomb that contained the bones of a crucified man named Yehohanan. As Tzaferis reported in BAR, the discovery demonstrated the brutal reality of Roman crucifixion methods in a way that written accounts never had before.
Jun 28 Blog
According to the Gospels, Herod Antipas had John the Baptist imprisoned and killed at the request of the beautiful Salome. Josephus locates the event at Machaerus. The archaeological finds paint a clear picture of this magnificent site’s colorful but bloody history.