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The BAR Companion: October 14, 2009
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LETTER FROM THE FIELD: AN ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE COMES TO LIGHT
Scholar and BAS lecturer Mark Wilson recounts his latest adventure in the field

Priene is one of Turkey’s best preserved ancient cities. It is also home to one of two known ancient synagogues in Asia Minor. While the synagogue was confirmed as such in 1928, scholars have long lamented the lack of further information. Recently, the first excavation at this site in over 100 years was conducted by archeologists Dr. Nadin Burkhardt from the University of Frankfurt am Main and Dr. Mark Wilson of the Asia Minor Research Center in Izmir. The two-week endeavor, which was sponsored in part by BAS, was a great success, and it is hoped that the new information will shed light on the ancient Jewish community of Asia Minor.
Read more about the first excavation at the ancient Priene synagogue in over a century.

Mark Wilson will be one of our featured speakers at the 12th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest this November in New Orleans. Visit us online to find out more about this exciting program!
Come hear Mark Wilson speak at Bible & Archaeology Fest XII.

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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT

Aren Maeir, director of excavations at one of the largest ancient sites in Israel

Aren M. Maeir is professor of archaeology at the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University and is co-director of the Bar-Ilan University/Weizmann Institute of Science joint program in Archaeological Science. Dr. Maeir completed a B.A. in Archaeology and Jewish History and attained his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997. His primary expertise is Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, and he has participated in excavations at numerous sites in Israel, including: Hazor, Jerusalem, Beth Shean and Qasile, and has directed archaeological excavations and surveys in Jerusalem (The Western Wall Tunnels, Mamilla, Kikar Safra, Malha), Tell es-Safi/Gath, the Beth Shean Valley and Tel Yavneh. He as published over 100 scholarly and popular studies, and has written and edited several books. He is director of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project, a long-term, multi-national excavation of one of the largest ancient sites in Israel.

Read more about Aren Maeir.

Dr. Maeir will present his lecture "Fleshing Out the Bible at Philistine Gath: The Interface of Bible and Archaeology" at the 12th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest!
Don’t miss your opportunity to hear about Dr. Maeir’s latest research.

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BIBLE & ARCHAEOLOGY FEST XII
Meet 20 world-class scholars in New Orleans!

Our most popular program year after year, the Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest, will take place this year in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 20-22, 2009. Twenty of the most distinguished scholars from around the world will be coming together to present you with the latest research and discoveries in Biblical scholarship and archaeology. You will have the opportunity to interact directly with the experts themselves and be among the first to hear about their findings.

Featured speaker biographies, lecture topics, lecture abstracts and the daily lecture schedule are now all available!

Check out all the featured speakers and lecture topics.

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

This week in the news, the famous bust of ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti returns to the Neues Museum in Berlin, and a scholar in Holland presents a startling new interpretation of the Bible’s first sentence. Egypt and France wrangle over Egyptian antiquities held in the Louvre, while in Syria archaeologists have discovered ancient images of heaven and hell.

Read more breaking news.

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CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
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Runners-up will receive a BAS T-shirt and two complimentary
subscriptions.The deadline for captions is December 15, 2009.
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CONTENTS


An Ancient Synagogue Comes to Light
Scholar Spotlight
Bible & Archaeology Fest XII
Breaking News
Cartoon Caption Contest

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