Ancient History

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Papyrus Amherst 63, as it came to be known, has attracted scholarly curiosity since its discovery in Egypt more than a century ago. When it was recently finally deciphered and translated, it revealed Israelite Psalms. Photo: Courtesy of Oriental Institute Museum Archives, Box 009.

Critical studies of the Bible have demonstrated that most Biblical texts have gone through a chain of stages before they reached their canonical form we know today. Uncovering and documenting the [...]
Mon, Aug 06, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

From the comfort of your home, you can virtually explore archaeological objects that shed light on the history of the Bible with a click of a button. Check out the virtual collections below and start your journey today!

These digital projects were made possible with the support of George S. Blumenthal.

Visualizing Isaiah

The prophet Isaiah lived in Jerusalem, the capital of the Kingdom of Judah, between the late eighth century and [...]

Mon, Aug 06, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
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Opus sectile expert Frankie Snyder is seen here with opus sectile tiles discovered by the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Photo: Temple Mount Sifting Project.

The Temple Mount Sifting Projecta has recovered more than a hundred geometrically cut and polished stone tiles known as opus sectile, from which we learn how Jerusalem's majestic Herodian Temple Mount was paved.

Opus sectile—Latin for “cut work”—is a technique for paving floors and walls in geometric [...]

Sun, Aug 05, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
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Aerial view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: Andrew Shiva's photo is licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is today a contested site. Archaeological excavations are not allowed here, though one project—the Temple Mount Sifting Project—has been analyzing soil that came from the Temple Mount since 2004. In “Relics in Rubble: The Temple Mount Sifting Project” in the November/December 2016 issue [...]
Sat, Aug 04, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
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This post was originally published on Leen Ritmeyer's website Ritmeyer Archaeological Design. It has been republished with permission. Visit the website to learn more about the history of the Temple Mount and follow Ritmeyer Archaeological Design on Facebook.


Following on from our previous drawing, the Temple Mount during the Hellenistic and Hasmonean periods, we now examine the Temple Mount during the Herodian period. This was, of course, [...]
Fri, Aug 03, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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