Sunlight and Shade in the First Cities explores the interaction of sunlight and architecture in the urban landscapes of Bronze Age Mesopotamian cities […]
When did Jews become Jews? Was being a “Judean” or a “Jew” a question of place and religion, or was it an identity founded in the Law? A new book shows the answer to be neither simple nor stable.
The Hebrew word for silk appears only twice in the Bible. But after 400 CE, as Christianity and pilgrimage expanded, silk from Egypt and Syria began to appear, and to be preserved in the arid zones of the Southern Levant.
On the highest point of a rocky outcrop in southeastern Turkey lies a mound intentionally buried over 10,000 years ago. It contains some of the most astonishing ritual architecture ever found […]
To hear him tell it, the big bad wolf was really the hero. Ancient Near Eastern kings also saw themselves as heroes, and had a unique literary genre, royal apologetic, to make it clear to readers, and to posterity.
Christianity arrived on Sicily sometime around 250 CE and quickly reached the small village of San Miceli. One of the first things the new Christians did was build a basilica […]
Doom? Downfall? Super Mario Bros? Sure, they’re fun, but now video games contribute to public outreach, heritage preservation, education, and archaeological research. […]
Late Bronze Age Canaan was made of many different social groups and political units. How did some of these come together to form the Israelites […]
The appearance of the third volume of the final report on Shmarya Gutmann’s excavations […]
Were the ancient Egyptians polite? […]
In ancient Mesopotamia, people knew how to appreciate a good beer […]
Petrovitch’s blog does not offer any grounds for accepting his ideas. Many scholars have written […]
What is the language behind the world’s first alphabet? For over 150 years, scholars have studied the world’s first alphabetic […]