Did I Find King David’s Palace?

There can be little doubt that King David had a palace. The Bible tells us that Hiram of Tyre (who would later help King Solomon build the Temple) constructed the palace for David: “King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David, with cedar logs, carpenters and stonemasons; and they built a palace for […]

Guide to Sites

Ask almost anyone who has ever worked on a dig and they’ll tell you it was the experience of a lifetime. As we do in every January/February issue, we list here those digs looking for able-bodied and eager volunteers in the coming year. Whether you’re interested in ancient Israelite remains or early Christian sites, […]

Your Career Is in Ruins
How to Start an Excavation in Five Not-So-Easy Steps By Eric H. Cline, Assaf Yasur-Landau

A dig can start in the most casual of ways. Our partnership, for example, was hatched during a chance meeting in the summer of 2004. The encounter lasted less than a minute: Assaf: “Hi, Eric! Good to see you again. Want to reopen the excavations at Kabri with me?” Eric: “Hi, Assaf! Sure, sounds […]

What Did Jesus’ Tomb Look Like?

According to the Gospels, Jesus died and was removed from the cross on a Friday afternoon, the eve of the Jewish Sabbath. A wealthy follower named Joseph of Arimathea requested Pontius Pilate’s permission to remove Jesus’ body from the cross and bury him before sundown, in accordance with Jewish law. Because there was no […]

The Rugged Beauty of Crusader Castles
Holy Wars in a Holy Land By Adrian Boas

Nothing is more evocative of the Crusader period in the East than the often-imposing castles built by the Crusaders in what is today modern Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus. Well over a hundred castles were constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries, ranging from simple isolated towers to huge, complex fortresses with […]

First Person: Probing for “Why?”
The arguments on which the forgery accusations rely are about to fall apart. By Hershel Shanks