Miniature Terracotta Army...
on November 14, 2018 at 12:14 am
ZIBO, CHINA—Live Science reports that a miniature terracotta army, complete with hundreds of statues of cavalry, chariots, infantry, watchtowers, and musicians, has been discovered in a pit in northeastern China. Researchers from the Cultural Relics Agency of Linzi District of Zibo City and […]
Possible Piece of Antikythera...
on November 13, 2018 at 9:48 pm
ANTIKYTHERA, GREECE—Haaretz reports that a bronze object that may be an additional piece of the Antikythera Mechanism or a similar device was recovered from the site of a shipwreck in the Aegean Sea last year. The Anitkythera Mechanism, discovered by sponge divers in 1901, is a 2,200-year-old […]
Update from Greece’s...
on November 13, 2018 at 9:28 pm
ATHENS, GREECE—According to an Associated Press report, Greece’s Ministry of Culture announced the excavation of residential areas at a site identified as the ancient city of Tenea in southern Greece. Ancient texts say Tenea was founded by Trojan War captives after the sack Troy. […]
Saqqara Tombs Reveal More...
by Robin Ngo on November 13, 2018 at 8:43 pm
Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities recently announced that rare mummified scarab beetles as well as dozens of mummified cats were uncovered in Saqqara. The post Saqqara Tombs Reveal More Animal Mummies appeared first on Biblical Archaeology Society. […]
Traces of First-Century A.D....
on November 13, 2018 at 1:17 am
WARSAW, POLAND—According to a Science in Poland report, researchers led by Emil Jęczmienowski of the University of Poland's Institute of Archaeology have found traces of a first-century A.D. Roman fort in a farmer’s field near the Romanian-Serbian border and mapped it with […]
Ancient South Americans...
on November 12, 2018 at 10:34 pm
ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Live Science reports that people may have adapted to living in the cold temperatures, low oxygen levels, and intense ultraviolet radiation of the Andes Mountains within a few thousand years of migrating to South America. An international team of researchers collected DNA […]
Old Kingdom Tomb Yields Cat...
on November 12, 2018 at 10:16 pm
CAIRO, EGYPT—According to an NPR report, dozens of mummified cats, 100 gilded cat statues, and a bronze statue of Bastet, the goddess of cats, were discovered in a 4,500-year-old tomb in the Saqqara necropolis. The tomb also contained mummified scarab beetles in sealed sarcophagi decorated […]
Genetic Studies Attempt to...
on November 9, 2018 at 11:25 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO—According to a Science News report, two new genetic studies explore the complex history of the peopling of the Americas. Geneticist Nathan Nakatsuka of Harvard University and his colleagues analyzed samples collected from the remains of 49 individuals, and found that […]
Traces of Twelfth-Century...
on November 9, 2018 at 10:00 pm
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND—City archaeologist John Lawson says he and his team have uncovered a dwelling site situated along the medieval town wall that could date to before the town of Edinburgh was founded by King David I in the mid-twelfth century, according to The Edinburgh Reporter. […]
on November 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm
SOFIA, BULGARIA—According to an Archaeology in Bulgaria report, Ivan Hristov of Bulgaria’s National Museum of History and his team have uncovered evidence suggesting the Early Byzantine city of Chrisosotira may have been sacked and burned by the Slavs and Avars in the early seventh […]
After the Pittsburgh Tragedy
by Biblical Archaeology Society Staff on November 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm
Religion professor and BAR author Jonathan Klawans provides reflections after the tragedy that befell the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. The post After the Pittsburgh Tragedy appeared first on Biblical Archaeology Society. […]
New Thoughts on Chile’s...
on November 9, 2018 at 12:55 am
ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE—Live Science reports that Catherine Perlès of the Université Paris Nanterre and Lautaro Nuñez of Chile’s Universidad Católica del Norte reevaluated two archaeological sites located less than one mile apart from each other in the Atacama […]
on November 9, 2018 at 12:22 am
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND—BBC News reports that work to conserve a wooden bowl discovered in a well under the floor of a broch on the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay has revealed a repaired crack. Conservators at AOC Archaeology extracted the bowl from a block of mud that had preserved it, and […]
Engraved Stones Unearthed in...
on November 8, 2018 at 9:57 pm
CAIRO, EGYPT—According to an Associated Press report, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery of several inscribed fragments of stone in the Matariya neighborhood of Cairo, which was once part of the ancient city of Heliopolis. Most of the ancient structures in […]
on November 7, 2018 at 11:31 pm
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA—According to CBC News, renovations of a building on Sainte-Ursule Street in Quebec City have revealed wooden fortifications thought to have been designed by French military engineer Josué Dubois Berthelot de Beaucours and constructed in 1693 to protect the colony of […]
Possibly Embalmed Heads...
on November 7, 2018 at 11:04 pm
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE—Live Science reports that scientists led by archaeologist Réjane Roure of Paul Valéry University examined thousands of Iron Age skull fragments recovered from the fortified Celtic site of Le Cailar, which is located on a lagoon of the Rhône River. The […]
Rock Art in Indonesia Dated...
on November 7, 2018 at 10:46 pm
QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA—According to a report in The Guardian, images of animals discovered in Indonesian Borneo’s Lubang Jeriji Saléh Cave could be at least 40,000 years old, based upon uranium series analysis of calcite on the limestone cave walls. The dates suggest the images […]
Where Is Biblical Bethsaida?
by Biblical Archaeology Society Staff on October 20, 2018 at 6:19 pm
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. The post Where Is Biblical Bethsaida? appeared first on […]
by Robin Ngo on October 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm
Archaeologists have unearthed a Second Temple period stone inscription that spells the name Jerusalem as Yerushalayim (as it’s spelled in Hebrew today). The post 2,000-Year-Old Jerusalem Inscription Bears City’s Name appeared first on Biblical Archaeology Society. […]
Baptismal Site “Bethany...
by Robin Ngo on September 29, 2018 at 7:50 pm
In 2015, UNESCO added the archaeological complex at Al-Maghtas, Jordan—called the Biblical “Bethany beyond the Jordan”—to its World Heritage List. Another tradition places the baptismal site on the west bank of the Jordan River—in Israel. The post Baptismal Site […]
by Biblical Archaeology Society Staff on September 25, 2018 at 4:45 pm
Aren Maeir will be offering a MOOC titled “Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah” online from early December 2018 on the EdX platform. The post MOOC—Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah appeared first on Biblical Archaeology […]
What Happened to the...
by Robin Ngo on August 28, 2018 at 1:34 pm
For the first time, researchers have conducted DNA sequencing on ancient Canaanite skeletons and have determined where the Canaanites’ descendants can be found today. The post What Happened to the Canaanites? appeared first on Biblical Archaeology Society. […]
August 2017: An Eclipse of...
by Biblical Archaeology Society Staff on August 21, 2018 at 2:31 pm
An eclipse of Biblical proportions was visible across the United States on August 21, 2017. The post August 2017: An Eclipse of Biblical Proportions appeared first on Biblical Archaeology Society. […]
Çatalhöyük Mural: The...
by Noah Wiener on August 8, 2018 at 2:17 pm
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. A recent study presented new evidence of a small scale eruption at Hasan Dağ […]
Virtually Explore Holy Land...
by Biblical Archaeology Society Staff on August 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm
From the comfort of your home, you can virtually explore archaeological objects that shed light on Biblical history with the click of a button. The post Virtually Explore Holy Land Artifacts appeared first on Biblical Archaeology Society. […]