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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.

OCTOBER 2022

Trojan War mosaic from Al-Rastan, Syria

Massive Trojan War Mosaic Uncovered in Syria

Jerusalem Post — Oct. 15, 2022

Byzantine gold coin hoard

These Gold Coins Were Stashed in a Stone Wall Nearly 1,400 Years Ago

Smithsonian Magazine — Molly Enking, Oct. 11, 2022

Jesus in Megachurch

Megachurch Grifters Were Also a Problem for Jesus’ Disciples

The Daily Beast — Candida Moss, Oct. 9, 2022

SEPTEMBER 2022

Opium poppy illustration

A Theory About Ancient Israel and Opium May Have Just Been Proved

The Daily Beast — Candida Moss, Sept. 24, 2022

Cylinder Seal with a Two-Humped Camel

Camels in the Biblical World of the Ancient Near East

ANE Today 10/9 — Martin Heide and Joris Peters, Sept. 2022

City of David Excavation

Israel Targets US Christians in Biblical Excavations Tourist Plan

Jerusalem Post — Sept. 3, 2022

"The program is headed by the [Tourism] ministry along with travel agencies EO Tours and Sar-El Tours and in partnership with the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority."

Marv Dasht vessel detail

Breaking the Code: Ancient Iran’s Linear Elamite Script Deciphered

ANE Today — François Desset, Kambiz Tabibzadeh, Matthieu Kervran, Gian Pietro Basello, and Gianni Marchesi, Sept. 2022

JUNE 2022

camel and needle

Your Understanding of Eye of the Needle Is Probably Wrong

Daily Beast — Candida Moss, June 13, 2022

APRIL 2022

mosaic 12 tribes

Were There Actually 12 Tribes of Israel?

The Daily Beast — Candida Moss, April 30, 2022

evil eye decorations

Does the Bible Believe in the Evil Eye?

The Torah.com — Nicole L. Tilford, April 29, 2022.

Song of the Sea pages

The Song of the Sea and the History of Ancient Israel and Judah

The Torah.com — Prof. Rabbi David Frankel, April 22, 2022

Ugaritic alphabet chart

The Social Context of Writing in Ancient Ugarit

ANE Today 10/4 — Philip Boyes, April, 2022

EMET Prize

Meet the Winners of Israel's 2022 EMET Prize, The "Israeli Nobel"

Jerusalem Post — Lior Novik, April 20, 2022

underground city Mardin Turkey

Excavations in Turkey Reveal Huge Underground City in Mardin 

Daily Sabah — Anadolu Agency, April 19, 2022

looters entrance

Antiquities Thieves Raid Roman Tomb in Nablus

Al-Monitor — Mervat Ouf, April 18, 2022

Satan in Council by Gustave Doré

When Did Satan Go From Inmate to Warden?

The Daily Beast — Candida Moss, April 16, 2022

Nahariya mosaic Eli Oknin

Impressive Byzantine Mosaic in Nahariya Restored 30 Years After Its Discovery

Jerusalem Post — Judith Sudilovsky, April 10, 2022

Sargon cylinder seal

The Concept of Music in Ancient Mesopotamia

ANE Today 10/4— Daniel Sánchez Muñoz, April 2022

MARCH 2022

Jesus mosaic in Israeli prison

Earliest Mosaic in Israel Dedicated to Jesus May Soon Be Sprung from Prison

Times of Israel — Amanda Borschel-Dan, March 28, 2022

artificial intelligence

AI Can Help Historians Unravel Ancient Texts

Jerusalem Post — Judith Sudilovsky, March 19, 2022

Baptism of Jesus stained glass

Does the Bible Have a Loophole Passage for Getting to Heaven?

The Daily Beast — Candida Moss, March 19, 2022

Siloam Inscription replica

Famous Siloam Inscription Shows the Complexity of Repatriation of Antiquities

Jerusalem Post — Judith Sudilovsky, March 19, 2022

Female Gladiators

Did Women Fight as Gladiators in Ancient Rome?

History.com — Melinda Beck, March 16, 2022

CoHS pavement restoration ceremony

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Pavement Restoration Allows First-time Excavation

Jerusalem Post — Judith Sudilovsky, March 14, 2022

Turkish and Israeli flags

Not So Fast: Turkey Denies Return of Siloam Inscription to Israel

Anadolu Agency — Turgut Alp Boyraz, March 14, 2022

Siloam Inscription

Turkey Agrees to Return Ancient Hebrew Siloam Inscription to Jerusalem

Times of Israel — Shalom Yerushalmi and TOI Staff, March 11, 2022

looted magic bowls from Jerusalem

Looted Ancient Magical Bowls Discovered in Jerusalem Home

Jerusalem Post — Judith Sudilovsky, March 7, 2022

FEBRUARY 2022

Aerial of El-Araj excavation

Where Did Peter the Apostle, Disciple of Christ, Really Live?

Haaretz — Ruth Schuster, February 27, 2022

London mosaic discovery

London's Largest Roman Mosaic in 50 years Discovered by Archaeologists

CNN.com — Jeevan Ravindran, February 23, 2022

limestone standing stone figurines with human faces

Archaeologists Discover 9,000-Year-Old Hunting Shrine in Jordan

Bible & Archaeology — Robert R. Cargill, February 22, 2022

Ashdod column

Rain Exposes 1,600-year-old Marble Column in Ashdod Dunes

Haaretz — Ruth Schuster, February 22, 2022

Map of Mediterranean metal findspots

Shipwreck reveals previously unknown Mediterranean metal trade routes

Jerusalem Post — Judith Sudilovsky, February 21, 2022

Crusader castle wall in Mi'ilya, Israel

Secrets of Crusader Water System Uncovered in Northern Israel

Haaretz — Andrew Califf, February 16, 2022

 1200 BCE

Language Death—The Case of Akkadian

ANE Today 10/2 — Johannes Hackl, February, 2002

Gypsum head of a ruler with ivory eyes from Bismaya, Iraq

Were There Sumerians?

ANE Today 10/2 — Paul Collins, February, 2022

Seized looted antiquities

Thousands of rare antiquities recovered in unique pre-dawn raid

Jerusalem Post — Judith Sudilovsky, February 9, 2022

Roman-era "Good Shepherd" ring

Does an Ancient Ring Found in Shipwreck Depict Jesus Christ?

The Daily Beast — Candida Moss, February 6, 2022

acropolis at Velia Parco

Archaeologists uncover ancient helmets and temple ruins in southern Italy

The Guardian — Angela Giuffrida, February 1, 2022

JANUARY 2022

Martha Sharp Joukowsky

In Memoriam: Martha Sharp Joukowsky

Archaeological Institute of America — January 25, 2022

Roman bowl from Nijmegen, Netherlands

2,000-Year-Old Roman Glass Bowl Unearthed “Like New”

Hyperallergic — Jasmine Liu, January 25, 2022

Mummy in coffin in tomb in Aswan

30 Mummies Discovered Inside an Ancient Fire-scorched Sacrificial Structure

Live Science — Yasemin Saplakoglu, January 25, 2022

Ancient Roman mirror

Sex With Mirrors Was a Kink Too Far for Romans

The Daily Beast — Candida Moss, January 23, 2022

pig cave painting

Archaeologists Find Oldest Picture in the World. It’s a Pig

 Haaretz — Ruth Schuster, January 17, 2022

Equid burial

Ancient Mesopotamians bred horse-like hybrids

Arkeonews.net — By Oğuz Büyükyıldırım, January 17 2022

Roman dog statue

The Romans Used to Crucify Dogs

The Daily Beast — Candida Moss, January 16, 2022

Egyptian figurine

Greco-Roman rock-cut tomb discovered west of Aswan

Ahram Online — Nevine El-Aref, January 14, 2022

map of sites in Israel

Using the Bible as an Archaeological Travel Guide to Israel

Haaretz — Moshe Gilad, January 12, 2022

Slaves' Hill in Timna Valley

Skilled Managers Key to Success of Ancient Arava Valley Copper Mines

Jerusalem Post — Rossella Tercatin, January 10, 2022

Adoration of the Magi

So Who Were the Magi—AKA the Three Kings—Who Visited Jesus?

The Daily Beast — Candida Moss, January 6, 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)

"'Garbage dump' discovered in ancient Egyptian tomb dedicated to fertility goddess" (Live Science — Laura Geggel, December 23, 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 9/12 – 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 9/12 – 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)