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The BAR Companion: April 07, 2009

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WHO PAYS FOR EXCAVATIONS?
Religious and political agendas in the funding of "Biblical" archaeology

In the Archaeological Views column for the current issue of BAR, Rachel Hallote responds to recent criticism at City of David excavations for being funded by the Elad Foundation, an organization with a political agenda. She points out that although the Elad Foundation has clear religious and political agendas, the arrangement is hardly unique in the history of archeology. Indeed, she notes, many important excavations of the 19th and 20th centuries in Israel were brought about by funding from sources with religious and/or political objectives.

Read more about the continuing debate over funding for archaeological excavations.

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TRAVEL/STUDY SITE GRAND REOPENING
Our Travel/Study site has a great new look and expanded features

Take a fresh look at our Travel/Study site, featuring a sleek new design, free e-books on Biblical lands, a new Alumni area and our always-popular tours, seminars and cruises. For more than 30 years, the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Travel/Study program has presented a wide variety of educational programs and tours for people who have an unending interest in Biblical studies and in the archaeology of the Biblical lands.

Our seminars have ranged from weekend programs throughout the United States and Canada, to week-long summer programs on college campuses and retreat centers, to two-week-long programs on the campus of Oxford University. We also organize Seminars at Sea, where participants enjoy the pleasures of a cruise while attending daily lectures from a top scholar. Leading our seminars are the top names in Biblical studies and in archaeology, both from North America and from around the world. Our enlightening tours of Israel, Egypt and other lands of the ancient Biblical and classical world feature master guides.

Check out the NEW Travel/Study site

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BREAKING NEWS
Check the latest news in Biblical archaeology and
related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, a special report on the forgery trial highlights the unraveling of the prosecution’s case against defendants Robert Deutsch and Oded Golan. Also in Israel, archaeologists undertake a conservation project to preserve the sacred Western Wall. In Iran, ancient Achaemenid-era palace structures have been discovered, while in neighboring Iraq government officials prepare to open the Biblical city of Ur to visitors for the first time since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. In Greece, a massive restoration project reveals more information about the palace of King Philip II of Macedon, while scientists in Berlin have discovered the multiple faces of Queen Nefertiti.

Read more Breaking News

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CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
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Write a caption for this cartoon! The author of the best caption will receive a BAS T-shirt, a Dead Sea Scroll mug and three complimentary subscriptions to give BAR to friends.
Runners-up will receive a BAS T-shirt and two complimentary subscriptions. The deadline for captions is April 15, 2009.

Submit your caption

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