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Welcome to the Bible & Archaeology News. Below is an aggregate of the latest headlines from the world of biblical archaeology and biblical studies.

JANUARY 2022

"Ancient Mesopotamians bred horse-like hybrids" (Arkeonews.net — By Oğuz Büyükyıldırım, January 17 2022)

"Greco-Roman rock-cut tomb discovered west of Aswan" (Ahram Online — Nevine El-Aref, January 14, 2022)

"The Exceptional Career of a Mesopotamian Ruler without a Crown: Kudur-Mabuk and the Kingship of Larsa" (ANE Today 10/1— Baptiste Fiette, January 13, 2022)

"Using the Bible as an Archaeological Travel Guide to Israel" (Haaretz — Moshe Gilad, January 12, 2022)

"An Ampulla was discovered for the first time in the ancient city of Dara, Turkey" (Arkeonews —  Leman Altuntaş, January 11, 2022)

"Skilled Managers Key to Success of Ancient Arava Valley Copper Mines" (Jerusalem Post — Rossella Tercatin, January 10, 2022)

"4,000-year-old gameboard uncovered by Polish, Omani archaeologists" (Jerusalem Post — January 9, 2022)

"Podcast: Author Andrew Lawler digs into wacky-but-true tales of Jerusalem archaeology in new book" (Times of Israel — January 7, 2022)

"So Who Were the Magi—AKA the Three Kings—Who Visited Jesus?" (The Daily Beast — Candida Moss, January 6, 2022)

"Biblical Kings Were Plagued by Parasites, Study of 2,700-year-old Jerusalem Toilet Shows" (Haaretz — Ariel David, January 4, 2022)

"How 19th Century Western Archaeologists Made Jerusalem a Zionist Dream" (Haaretz — Andrew Lawler, January 3, 2022)

DECEMBER 2021

"Earliest victims of Bronze Age Thera (Santorini) volcanic eruption found in Turkey" (Jerusalem Post — December 28, 2021)

"Mummy of famous Egyptian pharaoh digitally unwrapped for first time in 3,000 years" (Live Science — Owen Jarus, December 28, 2021)

"Unfinished Roman-era statue found in old Macedonian capital of Veria (ancient Berea)" (Jerusalem Post — December 28, 2021)

"Large Roman fort built by the Roman Emperor Caligula discovered near Amsterdam" (The Guardian — Daniel Boffey, December 26, 2021)

"Ancient underwater treasure found in Caesarea with Christian gold ring" (Jerusalem Post — Rossella Tercatin, December 22, 2021)

"When Biblically Inspired Pseudoscience and Clickbait Cause Looting" (Sapiens — Morag M. Kersel, Meredith S. Chesson, and Austin "Chad" Hill, December 15, 2021)

"Cache of 13,000 Ostraca Unearthed in Upper Egypt's Sohag" (Ahram Online — Nevine El-Aref, December 15, 2021)

"Missing Papyri Professor Must Return $7 Million to Hobby Lobby" (Christianity Today — Daniel Silliman, December 15, 2021)

"In Hometown of Mary Magdalene, Israeli Archaeologists Find Second Synagogue" (Haaretz — Ruth Schuster, December 13, 2021)

"Rare evidence of Roman crucifixion uncovered in the UK" (Live Science — Owen Jarus, December 8, 2021)

"2,700-year-old leather armor proves technology transfer happened in antiquity" (Phys.org — University of Zurich, December 8, 2021)

"Ancient Egyptian Texts for the Afterlife?" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 12 – Rune Nyord, December 2021) 

"Renowned Egyptologist says it’s time to stop romanticizing ancient Egypt" (UCLA Newsroom — Alison Hewitt, December 6, 2021)

"Is this really the biblical city where Jesus walked on water?" (Live Science – Owen Jarus, December 3, 2021)

"The Rise of Silver Coinage in the Ancient Mediterranean" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 12 – Gil Davis, December 2021) 

NOVEMBER 2021

"Culinary Detectives Try to Recover the Formula for a Deliciously Fishy Roman Condiment" (Smithsonian Magazine – Taras Grescoe, November 2021)

"Byzantine Basilica With Graves of Female Ministers and Baffling Mass Graves Found in Israel" (Haaretz – Ariel David, November 15, 2021)

"Oh deer! Archaeologists reveal culinary taste of prehistoric Israelis" (Jerusalem Post – Rossella Tercatin, November 14, 2021)

"Ancient Hangover Cure Discovered—And It's Very Pretty" (Daily Beast – Candida Moss, November 14, 2021)

"Archaeologists discover 'slave room' at Pompeii" (Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2021)

"Archaeologists Reveal Secrets of Assyrian War Machine That Conquered Ancient Judah" (Haaretz – Ariel David, November 9, 2021)

"How did people live (and die) in biblical Azekah? 4 skeletons shed light" (Jerusalem Post – Rossella Tercatin, November 3, 2021)

"David and Solomon’s Kingdom as a State: An Archaeo-Historical Anachronism" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 11 – Zachary Thomas, November 2021)

"Italy Repatriates Ancient Artifacts to Mexico" (Archaeology Magazine – November 3, 2021)

"Tomb of New Kingdom Treasurer Found in Egypt" (Archaeology Magazine – November 3, 2021)

"A Half a Century of Studying Biblical Coins" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 11 – David Hendin, November 2021)

"Bronze Age Swords Unearthed in Greece" (Archaeology Magazine – November 2, 2021)

"Heads of Two Statues Uncovered in Turkey" (Archaeology Magazine – November 2, 2021)

"Roman Statues Unearthed in England" (Archaeology Magazine – November 1, 2021)

"The Phaistos Disk-An Enigmatic Artifact in its Cultural Context" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 11 – Giorgia Baldacci, November 2021)

"The Shavei Zion Figurine Assemblage. A Cultic Site at Sea" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No. 11 – Meir Edrey, Adi Erlich, and Assaf Yasur-Landau, November 2021)

OCTOBER 2021

"Judahite Temple Near Jerusalem May Have Housed Statue of Canaanite God" (Haaretz – Ariel David, October 27, 2021)

"Assyrian Wine Production Site Found in Iraq" (Archaeology Magazine – October 26, 2021)

"Unique Arabic Inscription Found on Ballista Ball at Crusader Castle in Israel" (Haaretz – October 24, 2021)

"Why Are There Christian Crosses on Jewish Graves in Ancient Italy?" (Daily Beast – Candida Moss, October 24, 2021)

"Prehistoric Phallus-Shaped Pillars Found in Turkey" (Archaeology Magazine – October 22, 2021)

"Amythest Seal Showing Biblical Persimmon and Maybe an Ibis Found in Jerusalem" (Haaretz – Sam Sokol, October 21, 2021)

"'Church of the Apostles' in Bethsaida Mysteriously Buried, Archaeologists Discover" (Haaretz – Ruth Schuster, October 20, 2021)

"Possible Crusader Campsite Found in Israel" (Archaeology Magazine – October 20, 2021)

"Swords, gold, & shipwrecks: Israeli waters keep on revealing treasures" (Jerusalem Post – Rossella Tercatin, October 19, 2021)

"400 stone-cut chamber tombs, filled with wall paintings and treasures, discovered in Turkey" (Live Science – Laura Geggel, October 18, 2021) 

"Newly found skeleton may bring fresh insights on Vesuvius eruption" (Times of Israel – AFP, October 16, 2021)

"Byzantine Winery Discovered in Central Israel" (Archaeology Magazine – October 12, 2021)

"Data Science and the Bible: Rediscovering the History of the Christian Bible in Ethiopia" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 10 – Steve Delamarter and Daniel Assefa, October 2021)

"Aspects of Daily Life in Ancient Egyptian Letters" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 10 – Susan Thorpe, October 2021)

"Rethinking Slavery in the Ancient Near East" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 10 – Ella Karev and Seth Richardson, October 2021)

"Divine Channels: Rediscovering the Canal Networks of the Assyrian Empire" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 10 – John MacGinnis, Daniele Morandi Bonacossi, and Jason Ur, October 2021)

"Archaeologists find 2,700-year-old toilet in luxurious palace in Jerusalem" (Jerusalem Post – Rossella Tercatin, October 5, 2021)

"Roman Temple Discovered in Ancient City of Tyre" (Archaeology Magazine, October 4, 2021)

"4,500-year-old jar from the Bronze Age discovered in southern Turkey" (Jerusalem Post, October 4, 2021)

"40,000-year-old sealed cavern in Gibraltar gives new insight into Neanderthal life" (Jerusalem Post – Shira Silkoff, October 3, 2021)

SEPTEMBER 2021

"Water sustainability throughout Jerusalem's history" (Jerusalem Post – Susan de la Fuente, September 30, 2021)

"Zeus temple gate unearthed in Turkey" (Jerusalem Post, September 29, 2021)

"Who Were the Etruscans? DNA Study Solves Origin Mystery" (Haaretz – Ariel David, September 24, 2021)

"US to formally return 3,500-year-old 'Gilgamesh' tablet to Iraq" (Times of Israel, September 21, 2021)

"Making, Trading, and Consuming Phoenician Wine" (ANE Today – Adriano Orsingher, Jens Kamlah, Hélène Sader, Aaron Schmitt, Silvia Amicone and Christoph Berthold)

"The Ancient Salt Industry on the Mediterranean Coast of Israel" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 9 – Ehud Galili and Sarah Arenson)

"Altered States and Paleolithic Caves" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 9 – Yafit Kedar, Gil Kedar, and Ran Barkai)

"Royal Illness in the Bible and the Ancient Near East" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 9 – Isabel Cranz)

"Saudi Arabia's rock-cut camels redated" (Archaeology Magazine, September 20, 2021)

"Mass grave of slaughtered Crusaders discovered in Lebanon" (Live Science – Ben Turner, September 17, 2021)

"Saving Iraq's Tomb of Nahum, a secret mission resurrects Kurdistan's Jewish past" (Times of Israel – Tal Schneider, September 15, 2021)

"1,500-Year-Old Winepress, Other Artifacts Unearthed in Israel" (Science News, September 13, 2021)

"Roman emperor's statue discovered in Aydin" (Hurriyet Daily News, September 13, 2021)

"2,000-year-old quarry found to supply stones for ancient Jerusalem" (Jerusalem Post – Rossella Tercatin, September 5, 2021)

"Archaeologists Find Jerusalem Stone Quarry From Second Temple Period" (Haaretz – Ruth Schuster, September 5, 2021)

"Byzantine church dedicated to unknown martyr unearthed in Israel" (Live Science – Owen Jarus, September 2, 2021)

"Weight used to cheat in trade during First Temple era found in Jerusalem" (Jerusalem Post – September 2, 2021)

"Paradigm Shift in Human Evolution: Early Humans Left Africa via Arabia" (Haaretz – Ruth Schuster, September 1, 2021)

"Herodian Hangout" (Archaeology – Marley Brown, September/October 2021)

"Seeds of Conflict" (Smithsonian – Joshua Hammer, September 2021)

AUGUST 2021

"From Texts to Scribes: Evidence for Writing in Ancient Israel" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 8 – Philip Zhakevich)

"Why Did the World End in 1200 BCE?" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 8 – Jesse Millek)

"Neo-Assyrian Legal Practice — Law without Lawyers" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 8 – Betina Faist)

"Cognitive Science and the Ancient Near Eastern Religious Imagination" (ANE Today Vol. 9, No 8 – Brett Maiden)

"From Texts to Scribes: Evidence for Writing in Ancient Israel" (ASOR – Philip Zhakevich, August 2021)

"Update: Week 4—Protecting the Cultural Heritage of Cyrene, Libya" (ASOR – Ahmad Emrage and Susan Kane, August 2021)

"New Study Solves the Mystery of Dead Sea Scrolls Site" (Haaretz – Nir Hasson, August 27, 2021)

"Archaeologists expose Torah ark of Vilna synagogue destroyed by Nazis, Soviets" (Times of Israel – Michael Bachner, August 26, 2021)

"IN PHOTOS: Excavating the Great Temple at Motza Near Jerusalem" (Haaretz – Ruth Schuster, August 26, 2021)

"Stunningly preserved mummy of slave found in Pompeii graveyard" (Live Science – Stephanie Pappas, August 17, 2021)

"Well-preserved skeleton skeleton sheds light on culture in ancient Pompeii" (Jerusalem Post – Reuters, August 17, 2021)

"Ancient 1,700-year-old coins found on Israeli beach" (Jerusalem Post – Staff, August 14, 2021)

"Archaeologists unearth 1st Jerusalem evidence of quake from Bible's Book of Amos" (Times of Israel – Amanda Borschel-Dan, August 4, 2021)

"Sacred stone tied to the legend of Romulus and Remus unearthed in Rome" (Live Science – Tom Metcalfe, August 3, 2021)

JUNE 2021

"The Art of Conservative Rebellion: A Short Introduction to the First Sealand Dynasty" (ANE Today – Odette Boivin)

"Housewives, Weavers and Businesswomen: Assyrian Women from Assur and Kanesh" (ANE Today – Cécile Michel)

"The Symbolic Representations of the Cosmos in the Hittite Rock Sanctuary of Yazilikaya" (ANE Today – Eberhard Zangger and E.C. Krupp)

"Temples and Cult Places in Iron Age Transjordan" (ANE Today – Margreet L. Steiner)

"2,000-year-old Roman coffin unearthed in UK, enlightens on funeral rituals" (Jerusalem Post – Staff, June 29, 2021)

"New prehistoric human unknown to science discovered in Israel" (Jerusalem Post –  Rossella Tercatin, June 24, 2021)

"Fossils found in Israel are ‘last survivors’ of ‘missing’ type of extinct humans" (Times of Israel – Christina Larson, June 24, 2021)

"Stunning archaeological find: Is there an 'underworld' under the earth?" (Jerusalem Post – Maariv Online, June 21, 2021)

"Prehistoric man lived with and loved Neanderthals in the Negev 50,000 years ago" (Times of Israel – Amanda Borschel-Dan, June 14, 2021)

"New Discovery Highlights How Jews and Christians Were Once Naughty with Magic" (Daily Beast – Candida Moss, June 13, 2021)

"7,000-year-old seal impression marks prehistoric site as early trade hub" (Times of Israel – Amanda Borschel-Dan, June 10, 2021)

"Ancient stone anchor used for 2,000 years found on Israel’s northern coast" (Times of Israel – Staff, June 10, 2021)

MAY 2021

"Glass: Lapis Lazuli from the Kiln" (ANE Today – Andrew Shortland)

"Mesopotamian Sculpture in Color" (ANE Today – Astrid Nunn)

"Monotheism or Monopoly? Akhenaten and His Religious-Political Reform" (ANE Today – Jiří Janák)

"The Geography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire" (ANE Today – Ariel M. Bagg)

"Bad Judeans? Despite biblical ban, non-kosher fish were eaten in ancient Israel" (Times of Israel – Amanda Borschel-Dan, May 25, 2021)

"Dead Sea Scrolls: Mysterious scribe wrote eight diverse scrolls, scholars find" (Jerusalem Post – Rossella Tercatin, May 4, 2021)

"From Papal Gift to Royal Fertility Charm, the Insane Story of Jesus’ Foreskin" (Daily Beast – Candida Moss, May 3, 2021)

APRIL 2021

"Reading Inscriptions Alongside the New Testament" (ANE Today – D. Clint Burnett)

"Sheshonq (Shishak) in Palestine: Old Paradigms and New Vistas" (ANE Today – Felix Höflmayer and Roman Gundacker)

"Excessive and Deviant Consumption in the Hebrew Bible" (ANE Today – Rebekah Welton)

"Condemning Statues" (ANE Today – Simon Connor)

"My Meeting with Mellaart or, Dutch Cigars and the Case of the Missing Wall Paintings" (ANE Today – Alex Joffe)

"Archaeologists Think They’ve Found Missing Link in Origin of the Alphabet" (Daily Beast – Candida Moss, April 25, 2021)

"How old are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Carbon-dating project to offer answers" (Jerusalem Post – Rossella Tercatin, April 25, 2021)

"Israel uncovers 3,500-year-old inscription from biblical Canaan" (Jerusalem Post – Rossella Tercatin, April 17, 2021)

"Stoned in the Stone Age: Prehistoric humans got high - Israeli scholars" (Jerusalem Post – Rossella Tercatin, April 8, 2021)

MARCH 2021

"Commemorating Jesus: Constantine's Church of the Holy Sepulchre" (ANE Today – Jordan J. Ryan)

"Visualizing Ancient Athens in 3D" (ANE Today – Dimitris Tsalkanis)

"The (Historical) Origins of God" (ANE Today – Theodore J. Lewis)

"A Cosmic Impact and the Beginning of Farming at Abu Hureyra in Syria" (ANE Today – Andrew M.T. Moore)

FEBRUARY 2021

"Genderbending Performances in Wartime: From Judges to Judith" (ANE Today – Jacob Wright)

"Neo-Assyrian Deportation and the Levant" (ANE Today – Jonathan Valk)

"Eggstraordinary Objects" (ANE Today – Tamar Hodos)

"The Last Empire of Iran" (ANE Today – Michael R.J. Bonner)

JANUARY 2021

"The Enigmatic Tablets from Late Bronze Age Deir 'Alla" (ANE Today – Michel de Vreeze)

"Sinai in Ten Maps" (ANE Today – Ahmed Shams)

"Saqqara in 3D: A New Look at an Ancient Site" (ANE Today – Elaine Sullivan)

"Fish Sauces — The Food that Made Rome Great" (ANE Today – Benedict Lowe)