Many people may be turning their attention to the classical world of ancient Greece this August, when the Olympic Games convene in Athens, but those of you who sign on this summer as dig volunteers in Israel or Jordan may well find yourselves handling artifacts that 044were already ancient when the first Olympics were […]

Guide to Sites

Abila of the Decapolis

Final Blow to IAA Report
Flawed Geochemistry Used to Condemn James Inscription By James A. Harrell

Sorbonne paleographer André Lemaire recently analyzed in these pages the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) report that declared the James ossuary inscription (“James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”) to be a modern forgery.a Lemaire considered various aspects of the IAA report, such as paleography and orthography, and convincingly found the report deeply flawed. As […]

Where Lot’s Daughters Seduced their Father
Excavations Reveal Commemorative Monastery By Konstantinos Politis

Perched precariously on a steep, barren slope overlooking the southeastern shore of the Dead Sea, I found the remains of what had once been elegant stone buildings—walls, pieces of metal and glass, tiny mosaic cubes and pottery sherds. It was 1986 and I was conducting a survey with Canadian excavator Burton MacDonald. The […]

What Jesus Learned from the Essenes
The Blessing of Poverty the Bane of Divorce By Magen Broshi

Scholars have been cautious about drawing a direct line between Jesus and the Dead Sea Scroll sectarians. Indeed, perhaps the most criticized sentence in the vast literature about the Dead Sea Scrolls is one penned by the great American literary critic Edmund Wilson. Based on the conclusions of the French Dead Sea Scroll scholar […]


Debate: The Albright Wars
Alex Joffe responds to his critics, and other scholars weigh in, as well By Alexander H. Joffe
First Person: Museums Abounding
But not for Biblical archaeology By Hershel Shanks
Alexandria, Egypt


“Get Thee to a Nunnery”
...High on a Hill Somewhere in Central Israel
Walter E. Rast, 1930-2003
A Senior Statesman of Archaeology
ASOR Update
Levy to Get Obit, After All
Archaeology on the March
New Structure Rises at Tel Aviv University By Suzanne F. Singer
At Risk
Two Holy Land Sites Added to 2004 Watch List
“Something There Is that Doesn’t Love a Wall”
Construction of Barrier Damages Ancient Church