Ancient History


“It was one of those rare moments that every archaeologist dreams about,” write Abel Beth Maacah dig staff Nava Panitz-Cohen, Robert Mullins and Naama Yahalom-Mack and conservator Miriam Lavi in their Archaeological Views column “A Silver Lining at Abel Beth Maacah” in the July/August 2016 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. In the column, the authors describe the excitement around the discovery of a Late Bronze Age silver hoard, one of the earliest ever [...]

Wed, Jun 06, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

The Egyptian vizier ‘Abdiel. Made of wood and decorated with gold, glass, and paint, ‘Abdiel's outer coffin was excavated from the burial chamber of his tomb. Could this vizier from ancient Egypt illuminate the story of Joseph in the Bible? Photo: © Hypogées (P. Chapuis/MAFB).

Who is the Egyptian vizier ‘Abdiel?

In 1980, Egyptologist Alain Zivie began excavating a rock-cut tomb in Saqqara, Egypt (near Cairo). He and his team quickly discovered that this [...]

Mon, Jun 04, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

It has been established that wherever pig bones are excavated in the land of Israel, they indicate a non-Israelite population. Pork was just not part of the Israelite diet, so the thinking went. Recent studies, however, prove this assumption problematic. Photo: Joe Ferraro, Baylor University, Courtesy of Deirdre Fulton.

Jews don't eat pork. Every kid knows that.

Much fewer people know that the abstinence from swine's flesh is rooted in the Biblical prohibition [...]

Sat, Jun 02, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

The Biblical Archaeology Society is now accepting applications for the 2018 Joseph Aviram, Yigael Yadin, and Hershel Shanks fellowships that allow scholars to attend the annual meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), held this November in Denver. The fellowships' stipends of up to $2,500 each are intended to cover the costs of the winners' travel expenses.

Joseph Aviram Fellowships
The Joseph Aviram Fellowship brings Israeli scholars [...]

Fri, Jun 01, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Papyrus Amherst 63. Photo: The Morgan Library Museum/Art Resource, NY.

Dating to the fourth century B.C.E., the enigmatic Papyrus Amherst 63 was likely created by the descendants of the Aramean and Judean soldiers, who in the fifth century B.C.E. had been stationed at the southern Egyptian border. Recorded in a cursive script derived from Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Aramaic texts of the Amherst papyrus keep challenging what we know about the Aramean religion and the history [...]
Fri, Jun 01, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

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