A Country Gentleman’s Estate
Unearthing the Splendors of Ramat Hanadiv By Yizhar Hirschfeld, Miriam Feinberg Vamosh

020 On a ridge about 3 miles east of Caesarea, deep in the Carmel range, Baron Edmond de Rothschild is buried alongside his wife Adelaide. The Baron was a key 19th-century Zionist whose support enabled a number of nascent Jewish settlements to survive. He provided these early pioneers with land, homes, agricultural equipment […]

Before Tea Leaves: Divination in Ancient Babylonia

Babylonian Liver Omens: The Chapters Manzazu, Padanu and Pan Takalti of the Babylonian Extispicy Series Mainly from Aššurbanipal’s Library (Ulla Koch-Westenholz CNI Publications 25) (Copenhagen: Carsten Niebuhr Institute of Near Eastern Studies, University of Copenhagen, Museum Tusculam Press, 2000), 543 pp. + 49 plates, $100 The administration was determined to go to war, […]

Roundup of Annual Meetings
There’s Nothing Flat in San Antonio By Hershel Shanks

The Annual Meetings were held in San Antonio, Texas, this year. They say that you can go outside the city where there are no buildings and the land is so flat that if you take a good pair of binoculars, you can see the back of your head.

Should the Israel Museum Take the Dayan Collection Off Display?

A recent article documents in excruciating detail what everyone has long known: Moshe Dayan, the one-eyed hero of the Six-Day War, was an archaeological looter. After the 1967 war, Dayan had the whole of Sinai and the West Bank at his disposal. He used soldiers under his command to help him dig. He used […]


Forgery Trial
The Other Shoe: Five Accused of Antiquities Fraud
First Person: Duke Professor Calls for Public Pressure Against BAR
But Eric Meyers won’t take on his colleagues. By Hershel Shanks
Helgö, Sweden


Temple Mount Rampart to Be Replaced with Bridge
Work Could Uncover Many Key Finds
Sharon Halts Controversial Cemetery Dig
Bows to Pressure from Ultra-Orthodox By Judith Sudilovsky