Göbekli Tepe: Neolithic Gathering and Feasting at the Beginning of Food Production

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 […]

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The Big Bad Wolves of the Ancient Near East Speak: Royal Apologetic in Context

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.

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San Miceli in Sicily: Excavation of an early Christian Basilica and Village

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 […]

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The VALUE project: Video Games and Archaeology at Leiden University

Doom? Downfall? Super Mario Bros? Sure, they’re fun, but now video games contribute to public outreach, heritage preservation, education, and archaeological research. […]

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The Land before the Kingdom of Israel: Asking New Questions of Old Data

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 […]

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Sumerian Art and Modern Art from Gudea to Miró

It was only in the early 20th century that Sumerian art became known in the West. But this allowed it to influence Modern artists […]

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Discovering Genesis

What does the Book of Genesis mean? Are we to read it literally? A closer look […]

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The Gamla Excavations Final Report, The Rest of the Story

The appearance of the third volume of the final report on Shmarya Gutmann’s excavations […]

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Israel Numismatic Report: Important Finds, Altruistic Reporting, and the Law

Recently a number of altruistic Israelis have turned in or reported coin finds […]

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Were the ancient Egyptians polite? Exploring politeness in Late Egyptian

Were the ancient Egyptians polite? […]

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Ancient Legal Papyri Bring Lost World to Life

Everyone has heard of the ancient Jewish religious scrolls discovered at Qumran […]

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Why 1 and 2 Kings?

Why were the books of 1 and 2 Kings written […]

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Potent Potables of the Past: Beer and Brewing in Mesopotamia

In ancient Mesopotamia, people knew how to appreciate a good beer […]

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A Response to Douglas Petrovich’s “Hebrew as the Language behind the World’s First Alphabet?”

Petrovitch’s blog does not offer any grounds for accepting his ideas. Many scholars have written […]

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Hebrew as the Language behind the World’s First Alphabet?

What is the language behind the world’s first alphabet? For over 150 years, scholars have studied the world’s first alphabetic […]

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Rabbinic Tales of Roman Origins

What stories do we tell about our own origins? What tales do we recount about the origins of others? What happens when our narratives […]

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Do You Get to Keep What You Find?

There is one question that I am asked all the time, which has a short answer but is long on associated implications. The question is simply “Do you get to keep what you find?” […]

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The Dead Sea Scrolls at Seventy

This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. […]

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Kamid el-Loz – A Short Story in 900 Words

The people of Kamid el-Loz set up urban structures three times. The first and second were built during the Middle Bronze Age II period […]

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‘Joy plants’ and the earliest toasts in the Ancient Near East

Inebriation is a cross-cultural habit whose origins can be traced back to Prehistory. But humans are not the only […]

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