Preserve the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls have been liberated. The time has now come to preserve the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Are Now Available to All!

On November 19, 1991, the Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review, published a two-volume set of photographs of the previously unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls.

What the Monopolists Have Done Right

In what may seem like BAR’s unrelieved criticism of the Israel Antiquities Authority, its scroll advisory committee and the international team of Dead Sea Scroll editors, we may have neglected to emphasize what they have done right and done well. It is time to correct this omission.

Gamla: Portrait of a Rebellion

Rarely do literary sources and archaeology supplement one another so beautifully as in the case of Gamla. This is all the more exciting because Gamla is immensely rich both historically and now, after 14 years of excavation, archaeologically.1 Long before the actual site was identified, Gamla was well known from the writings of the […]

1992 Excavation Opportunities: A Spirit of Discovery

In 492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but in 1992 you can embark on a historic journey of your very own. By joining a dig as a volunteer, you’ll be doing some things very differently than Columbus did—you’ll be heading for the Old World instead of the New, for one thing, and you will […]

Volunteer for Life: “Termite” Catches the Bug

Gary “Termite” Lindstrom is a dig director’s dream. Lindstrom owns and operates a termite and pest control company in Oakland, California, and his profession requires him to inspect the dirt under buildings. But each June for the past 22 years, Gary has kissed his family goodbye and headed for Israel to dig in a […]

Puzzling Public Buildings
Scholars struggle to interpret them By John D. Currid

A barracks or a bazaar? Could it be a temple? Or maybe a stable? Perhaps a storehouse?

What We Should Do Next Time Great Manuscripts Are Discovered

The mismanagement that has characterized the official publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls raises the question of how future manuscript discoveries should be handled—for future discoveries there surely will be.