Category Archives: General Archaeology

Finally, Fresh Fruit from Ancient Date Palms

Remember the 2,000 year-old date palm from Masada? The original tree, nicknamed Methuselah, is now a daddy thanks to patience, science, and a little bit of luck. In a happy, very un-2020 report, we have a harvest of new ancient … Continue reading

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“How Archaeology Works” webinar!

There is a special opportunity to see and learn how archaeology really works this Sunday evening, August 9, at 8pm Eastern Time. For just $10 (only $5 for ASOR members) you can attend a live webinar from the Biblical Archaeology … Continue reading

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New Archaeology Documentary on Lachish Dig (It’s free)

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a new documentary video on the recent archaeological expedition to biblical Lachish. This video shares perspectives from both directors and volunteers who worked on the dig, and shows some new discoveries that are … Continue reading

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Masada Dig Yields New Discoveries from Jewish War

Preliminary results from the new excavations at Masada have been released, with “tremendous amounts” of new finds illuminating the famous Roman siege. Here are some excerpts: “We’re actually excavating a refugee camp,” said Guy Stiebel, the archaeologist leading excavations carried … Continue reading

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The New “Photo Companion to the Bible” – It’s Much More Than Pictures

A new resource has just become available and is a “must have” for any Bible teacher. The Gospels: Photo Companion to the Bible has thousands of images that illustrate and illuminate nearly every verse in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The … Continue reading

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Archaeology Updates in San Antonio

My wife and I are attending the ASOR Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. This is one of several professional organizations for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies that meet in a different U.S. city every November to share results and … Continue reading

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New Excavations to Begin at Masada

After a 10-year hiatus, the Dead Sea mountain fortress of Masada will be excavated again according to this news article. Though much has been found in the past, Director of Excavations Dr. Guy Stiebel says much remains to be discovered. Masada (“stronghold”) … Continue reading

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Still Feeling the Burn: Excavating an Ancient Destruction Layer

My previous post featured an interesting discovery in my dig square at Lachish: a circular feature surrounded by ash, located several feet below the modern ground level. The new video below shows our progress in excavating the circular structure and … Continue reading

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Feel the Burn: Destruction from 3200+ years ago

We discovered clues to an ancient destruction in my dig square yesterday. See what we found and hear what we think it means in this 2-minute video.

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Tests Indicate Underground Shaft at Tel Lachish; Possible Water System

Results from last week’s geophysical survey at Tel Lachish show what appears to be an underground shaft at the site. The survey team and the excavators at Lachish believe the shaft is likely part of an ancient water system similar … Continue reading

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