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Category: Archaeology

  • Newly Discovered Dinosaur Had a ‘Winged’ Skull

    Move over Triceratops: There’s a new horned dinosaur in town and its cranial ornamentation is even more impressive than the three-horned dinosaur the world has come to know and love. A study of the recently discovered species, Mercuriceratops gemini, provides … Continue reading

  • Intact pterosaur eggs discovered in China

    The first three-dimensionally preserved eggs of ancient winged reptiles that lived more than 100 million years ago have been unearthed in China. Five intact eggs were found, along with dozens or more adult fossils, of a new type of pterosaur, … Continue reading

  • Digging Up Joshua’s Ai

    Sponsored and directed by the Associates for Biblical Research, this was the first season with new dig director Dr. Scott Stripling. His 5th summer dig season with us – along with 4 additional winter dig seasons he also led – … Continue reading

  • South Carolina Gets State Fossil

    A third-grader’s effort to designate an official South Carolina fossil has become law. Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill naming the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil. Eight-year-old Olivia McConnell of Lake City requested the designation after realizing South … Continue reading

  • Ancient Samaria and Jerusalem

    By: Robin Ngo   Jill Katz explains how urban anthropology can illuminate the ideological importance of ancient Samaria and Jerusalem after the dissolution of the United Kingdom of Israel. Ancient Samaria and Jerusalem had a lot in common in the ninth and … Continue reading

  • The Byzantine Church at Khirbet El-Maqatir: Does Its Structure Resemble the Temple?

    On February 8, 2014, a symposium was held at Houston Baptist University in conjunction with the new archaeological exhibit, ” Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site.” In this video, Dr. Leen Ritmeyer presents, “Does the Byzantine Church at Khirbet … Continue reading

  • Finding Noah Film Documentary

    For over 2000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah’s Ark. Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Ararat, in what … Continue reading

  • What Happened to Cain in the Bible?

    by: Megan Sauter    What happened to Cain in the Bible? In the Book of Genesis, we are told about Cain’s birth, his violent act of fratricide and his subsequent exile. We learn that he married and had descendants, but the … Continue reading

  • The Athenian Acropolis

    by: Harrison Eiteljorg   Harrison Eiteljorg’s article “Antiquity’s High Holy Place: The Athenian Acropolis” was originally published in the November/December 2004 issue of Archaeology Odyssey. BAS Library Members can read every article ever published in AO online. In 480 B.C.E. the Persians invaded Athens. According … Continue reading

  • Ancient Chisel Unearthed at the Western Wall

    By: Robin Ngo IAA archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old chisel that may have been used to build the Western Wall on the Temple Mount. Photo: Clara Amit, courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority. The discovery was made at the base of the southern end … Continue reading

  • The Last Days of Jesus: A Final “Messianic” Meal

    By: James Tabor This article was originally published on Dr. James Tabor’s popular Taborblog, a site that discusses and reports on “‘All things biblical’ from the Hebrew Bible to Early Christianity in the Roman World and Beyond.” Bible History Daily republished … Continue reading

  • Ai and Old Testament Chronology: Who Cares?

    On February 8, 2014, a symposium was held at Houston Baptist University in conjunction with the new archaeological exhibit, ” Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site.” In this video, Dr. Eugene Merrill presents, “Ai and Old Testament Chronology: Who … Continue reading

  • The Tomb of Queen Helena of Adiabene

    By: Megan Sauter Queen Helena of Adiabene lived in the first century C.E. in the semi-autonomous kingdom of Adiabene in the upper Tigris region of Assyria. She famously converted to Judaism and spent many years in Jerusalem—where her generosity and piety … Continue reading

  • Reinterpreting the Tempest Stela

    By: Robin Ngo AHMOSE I. A new translation of the Tempest Stela from the reign of Pharaoh Ahmose I could revise the dates of major events in the Middle Bronze Age. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A newly translated inscription … Continue reading

  • Ritual Purity at Khirbet el-Maqatir’s First Century Village and The First Jewish Revolt against Rome

    On February 8, 2014, a symposium was held at Houston Baptist University in conjunction with the new archaeological exhibit, ” Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site.” Dr. Scott Stripling presents: “Ritual Purity at Khirbet el-Maqatir’s First Century Village and … Continue reading

  • Canaanite Fortress Discovered in the City of David

    By: Robin Ngo A massive 3,800-year-old fortress that protected the Gihon Spring was uncovered in the City of David.Photo: Eli Mandelbaum, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Excavations around the Gihon Spring in the City of David have uncovered a massive 3,800-year-old … Continue reading

  • Byzantine Monastery with Vibrant Mosaics Discovered in the Northern Negev

    By: Robin Ngo In a recent press release, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced the discovery of a Byzantine-period monastery with colorful, well-preserved mosaics near the Bedouin village of Hura in the northern Negev desert. IAA archaeologists uncovered the monastery, measuring … Continue reading

  • Stellar Dust Disks Crumble

    By David Coppedge Observations show stellar dust disks fragmenting into smaller dust, not growing into planets. Celestial archaeology:  A triumphant sounding article on PhysOrg announces, “Scientists solve riddle of celestial archaeology.”  Further down in the text, the reader finds out that the … Continue reading

  • Going Paleo

    Archaeologists excavating at the Nesher quarry in Israel have discovered a prehistoric site containing an extraordinarily large number of animal bones. The site, located near the city of Ramla, 14 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, is believed to have been settled … Continue reading

  • Why Do We Have a Bible?

    By: Jacob L. Wright  A new phenomenon is changing the face of education, making first-rate courses from the world’s best universities available to all, wherever they live. The phenomenon is often subsumed under the umbrella term “Massive Open Online Course” … Continue reading

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