Ancient History

herodium-ring

On November 29, 2018, news broke out of Jerusalem that a ring had been discovered at Herod the Great's eponymous mountain fortress of Herodium, just 3 miles southeast of Bethlehem. Two facts about the simple copper-alloy piece of jewelry were reason for worldwide headlines. First, the ring was discovered at Herodium … in 1969! The ring was actually unearthed during an excavation led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Gideon Foerster during [...]

Tue, Dec 04, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Bjorn Ironside (also spelt Björn Ironside; Old Norse Bjrn Járnsíða) is a legendary Viking who in the stories surrounding him raids alongside his brothers and his father, the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok. While the legends mentioning Bjorn are set in the 9th century CE, they are most extensively known from three sources, all from around the 13th century CE: The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok... [...]
Tue, Dec 04, 2018
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

Prof. Aren Maeir is offering a MOOC (massive open online course) titled “Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah” online on the EdX platform. The course will be the equivalent of a semester-long course on the archaeology of Iron Age Israel and Judah. The course is open to all—and for a fee, one can receive a certificate from EdX or academic credit from Bar-Ilan University. Registration is now open—click [...]

Tue, Dec 04, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Medieval serfs (aka villeins) were unfree labourers who worked the land of a landowner (or its tenant) in return for physical and legal protection and the right to work a separate piece of land for their own basic needs. Making up at least 75% of the medieval population, serfs were not slaves as only their labour could be bought, not their person, although they were subject to certain fees and restrictions... [...]
Tue, Dec 04, 2018
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia
Understanding the Jewish Menorah

Does this recently excavated ancient menorah graffito show us what the Temple menorah looked like?

The Jewish menorah—especially the Temple menorah, a seven-branched candelabra that stood in the Temple—is the most enduring and iconic Jewish symbol. But what did the Temple menorah actually look like?

In early August 2011, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) issued a press release announcing the discovery of “an engraving of the Temple menorah on a stone object” in a 2,000-year-old [...]

Mon, Dec 03, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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