Ancient History


2016 was the golden anniversary of Israeli archaeologist Michael Avi-Yonah’s model of Herod’s Temple. The model, originally commissioned for the Holy Land Hotel in Jerusalem and part of a much larger model of ancient Jerusalem, is now housed in the Israel Museum. Photo: Steven Fine.

The year 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the now-iconic model of Herod’s Temple created by Israeli historian and archaeologist Michael Avi-Yonah. The model, completed [...]

Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
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To dig or not to dig—that is the question posed by numerous archaeologists these days.

As a global pandemic caused entire countries to shutter and restrict social gatherings, dig directors had to make difficult decisions regarding their planned excavations in 2020. Some, whose excavations took place early in the year, before the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was widespread, enjoyed a typical dig season without travel and social restrictions. The vast majority of directors, however, had to [...]

Thu, Apr 08, 2021
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

The ancient Olympic Games in Greece included contests of trumpet playing in 396 B.C.E. These contests were judged not by musicality but by volume of sound. The instrument used by the Greek trumpeters was the Salpinx, a reported copy of which is preserved in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This Salpinx measures 157 cm. and is made of thirteen cylindrical parts made of ivory with a bell made of bronze, as is the [...]

Wed, Apr 07, 2021
Source: Ancient Times
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Nominations are invited for the 2021 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Awards, for books published in 2019 and 2020.

The biennial BAS Publication Awards for books about archaeology and the Bible have been presented since 1985. These prestigious awards have been made possible by grants from Samuel D. Turner and Elizabeth Goss.

Awards are presented in the following categories:

Best Popular Book on Archaeology

Jennie Ebeling (University of Evansville)
Dan Schowalter (Carthage College)
Cynthia Shafer-Elliott (William Jessup University)

Best Scholarly Book on [...]
Wed, Apr 07, 2021
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

“One last unending night for the world.” Overcome by the fumes and falling ash, the famed Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder and his companion collapse in view of the 79 C.E. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius while buildings crumble nearby, as depicted in this 1813 painting Vesuvius Erupting by Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes. First-century accounts of the eruption by his nephew Pliny the Younger and Dio Cassius describe the terror and confusion as the affluent [...]

Wed, Apr 07, 2021
Source: Ancient Cultures

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