Digs 2001: Get Your Hands Dirty

Sure, reading about the ancient world is fascinating, but let’s face it: There’s just no substitute for holding history in your hands. That’s something hundreds of BAR readers have already discovered, and it’s something you can find out for yourself by volunteering for a dig this year. Volunteers are an indispensable part of archaeological […]

Holy Targets: Joseph’s Tomb Is Just the Latest

Shortly after a raging mob demolished the traditional site of Joseph’s tomb near ancient Shechem, first dismantling it stone by stone and then setting it aflame, a newspaper reporter called me for comment. Like most people, I was sickened by the violence. He wanted to know about endangered archaeological sites. The hate, the fierceness […]

Return to the Cave of Letters: What Still Lies Buried?

A small shovel started it all. In the summer of 1996, at the excavation of the Galilee site of Bethsaida (which we codirect), we uncovered a small bronze incense shovel. Others like it were used in the imperial cult throughout the Roman Empire. Although not impressive in size (a mere 8 inches long), the […]

Sennacherib’s Siege of Jerusalem: Once or Twice?

The Assyrian monarch Sennacherib’s military campaign against King Hezekiah of Judah is one of the best-documented and most discussed events in the history of ancient Israel. The late-eighth-century B.C.E. encounter is reported in both Kings (2 Kings 18:13–19:37) and Chronicles (2 Chronicles 32:1–23). It is likely the backdrop for several prophetic teachings (for […]

First Person: Ruminations on Scholarly Animosity
It’s one thing our field has no shortage of
Eastern Greece or Cyprus