BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: February 17, 2010
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BAS DIG SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT REPORT
Reflections on discoveries great and small

Excavating for her third season at Omrit in northern Israel, BAS dig scholarship recipient Erin Gibbs reflects on discoveries that may seem small, but which are actually quite significant. Drawing on her experience excavating History Channel-worthy Roman temples to hydraulic infrastructures, Ms. Gibbs recounts the lessons she has learned regarding the value of "smaller" finds and how they contributed to her understanding of both the site and her own perspective on the field of archaeology. Read more.
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DIG OF THE WEEK
Megiddo: Uncovering the site of the "Final Battle"

Situated at a strategic crossroads in the midst of the fertile Jezreel Valley in northern Israel, the site of Megiddo has long captivated the imagination of archaeologists, Biblical scholars and military historians. The site of Megiddohas revealed layer upon layer of human occupation dating back to at least the Neolithic period. The site is perhaps most famous, however, for its appearance in the first-century C.E. Book of Revelation, where it is designated as the site of the final battle between the forces of good and evil. This season, volunteers have the opportunity to help dig directors Israel Finkelstein, David Ussishkin and Eric Cline shed new light on an ancient and enigmatic site. Read more.


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

This week in the news, Byzantine-era discoveries make headlines in Israel with the recent excavation of an ancient road in Jerusalem and a 1,400-year-old wine press near Kibbutz Hafetz-Haim. Meanwhile, an ancient village comes to light in Saudi Arabia and Roman-era discoveries are revealed in northern Syria. Read more.
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ESSENTIAL BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REFERENCE
The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land

An essential reference tool for archaeologists, historians, Bible scholars and students.

The most comprehensive description ever published of archaeological finds in the Holy Land in recent years, this new volume updates the 4-volume set of the encyclopedia, published in 1993. Contributors read like a Who’s Who of Biblical Archaeology–Amnon Ben-Tor on Hazor; Lawrence Stager on Ashkelon; Avraham Biran on Dan; Ephraim Stern on Dor; Ronny Reich, Eilat Mazar and others on Jerusalem; Ehud Netzer on Herodium and Masada; David Ussishkin and Israel Finkelstein on Megiddo; Trude Dothan and Seymour Gitin on Tel Miqne/Ekron. There are more than 160 archaeologist/authors in all. This 622-page hardcover volume contains 32 plates of color photos and more than 1000 photos and plans. Read more.
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FROM PETRA TO PALMYRA
Visiting Syria, Jordan and Antioch

What sets our upcoming tour of Syria, Jordan and Antioch apart from the rest?

Any tour of this region is likely to include the magnificent rock-cut city of Petra, and Palmyra, one of the world’s greatest historical sites. And of course, our tour includes these important stops. But, no other tour brings you these must-see stops in combination with the fascinating sites listed below:

  • Antioch (Turkey): A center of early gentile Christianity, Antioch once rivaled Alexandria as a major Near Eastern city. While in Antioch, you will visit the famous Mosaic Museum and the Church of St. Paul.
  • Um Quis (Jordan): With views of the Golan Heights and the Seas of Galilee (Lake Tiberias), this is the site of the ancient Greco-Roman town of Gadara. According to the Bible, this Decapolis city in Jordan is where Jesus cast out the devil from two men into a herd of pigs (Matthew 8:28-34).
  • Al Bara and Serjilla (Syria): These two sites along a trade route between Antioch and Apamea flourished with wine and olive oil production. They are among the most important of the famous 700 "lost cities" in Syria.

These are just highlights of this extensive 16-day tour that will take place October 21 – November 5, 2010. Read more.

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Dig of the Week
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From Petra to Palmyra
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