Category Archives: Archaeology

E-note. Cesnola Mummy Cloth: A Guest Post By Robert S. Merrillees

E-note. Cesnola Mummy Cloth ” Confinement “, and I mean lock-down here in France, has given me the leisure to trawl through various websites on the Internet, and one has produced a gem that rivals the splendid Titbit in Agade … Continue reading

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‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ at the Museum of the Bible are all forgeries

Here’s the story. I’ll say it again for the hard of hearing in the back.  If it doesn’t come from an official dig and have a clear provenance, DO NOT USE IT AS SOURCE MATERIAL. In a report spanning more … Continue reading

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Pioneering Women in Archaeology for this #InternationalWomanDay

Give it a read here.  And yes, of course Kathleen Kenyon is mentioned.  It wouldn’t be a responsible essay if she weren’t.

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Will Gath or Won’t Gath?

They don’t know yet.

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A Claim Is Not the Same thing as a Fact

So a claim that a 1000 year old manuscript has been found does not mean that a 1000 year old manuscript has been found.  A lack of healthy skepticism about these sorts of claims is EXACTLY why there are forgeries … Continue reading

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If Paleography is Your Bag

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Christopher Rollston in the News on An Inscription

Give it a read in the Jerusalem Post.  Christopher is the best American epigrapher working today.

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The Archaeologist On Trial

Trial begins for archaeologist accused of forging earliest portrayal of Jesus’ crucifixion A criminal trial has begun of an archaeologist accused of forging a trove of Roman artifacts that allegedly show a third-century depiction of Jesus’ crucifixion, Egyptian hieroglyphics and … Continue reading

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Tel Aviv University Press Release Regarding Tel Moza

Iron Age Temple Complex Discovered Near Jerusalem Calls Into Question Biblical Depiction of Centralized Cult Tel Moẓa site proves there were other sanctioned temples besides the official temple in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and IAA researchers say Tel Aviv — … Continue reading

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2020: The Carnival

In the past, Carnivals have been ‘uneven’ or even perhaps ‘nearly non existent’.  But 2020 is a new year and kicks off with The Carnival to Beat All Carnivals.  Titled simply 2020: The Carnival, it serves as the template for … Continue reading

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The Routledge Philip Davies Early Career Researcher Publication Awards

  2019 ROUTLEDGE PHILIP DAVIES EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER PUBLICATION AWARDS Philip R. Davies We are very pleased to announce a new publication award to commemmorate our late Chairman, Philip R. Davies, who died suddenly in 2018. This award has been … Continue reading

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An Aspect of the Archaeology of Judah

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Another Great Essay from the World’s Leading Archaeology Magazine

ANE Today hits another one out of the ballpark with a smart, accurate, and well written essay.  This time on the Alphabet. We take the alphabet for granted: a modern, crisp, efficient way of writing. Each sound has a sign, … Continue reading

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Thomas and Israel

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What Did Jesus Look Like?

Joan Taylor has some thoughts on the matter in the only archaeology related magazine you need to bother with- ANE Today.  Because, seriously, it’s the only one worth reading. Everyone knows what Jesus looks like: he is the most painted … Continue reading

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Crucifixion Mystery

In 2006, a construction team in Italy stumbled upon an isolated skeleton from a Roman-era burial. Experts believed it was the remains of a man who was crucified. If so, the skeleton would only be the second example found of … Continue reading

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Dig at Hazor with Eric Cline

Details here.

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New in ANE Today

Israelite and Judahite Ambassadors to Assyria Contacts between the mighty Assyrian empire and ancient Israel and Judah were a critical part of the history of these kingdoms. Israelite reactions to Assyrian influence are explicit in hundreds of Biblical passages, and … Continue reading

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David and the Philistines

Gershon Galil has a new essay with that title in the December issue of Segula. Though scholars argue bitterly over the historicity of the Davidic kingdom, new archaeological discoveries are shedding surprising light on King David’s allies. The remains of … Continue reading

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Jérusalem des Mystères, le 17 déc sur RMC Découverte

More from my best friend Michael Langlois– Le documentaire présente 10 lieux, à ou autour de Jérusalem, associés aux évangiles, tant dans leur contexte historique que dans les diverses traditions chrétiennes qui se sont développées au cours des siècles. Je … Continue reading

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