Lying Scholars?
Rumor, Gossip and Misinformation Swirl around the James Ossuary Inscription By Hershel Shanks

Intense scholarly disagreements are common in archaeology. Cases of deliberate lying, however, are rare. Is this such a case? If so, what is the motive? When I returned from the Annual Meetingsa in Atlanta last November, I penned my customary report for publication in the March/April issue.b (I have been doing this in […]

The Trial of Oded Golan
State of Israel vs. Oded Golan—You Be the Judge

This is the imaginary trial of Oded Golan, the Tel Aviv antiquities collector who owns the ossuary, or bone box, inscribed “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.” He is charged with forging the inscription. You be the judge (there are no juries in Israel): Don’t assume that the Judge’s courtroom rulings on objections […]

Temple Mount Excavations Unearth the Monastery of the Virgins

For ten years, between 1968 and 1978, the area south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem was intensively excavated by archaeologist Benjamin Mazar.1 His many spectacular discoveries included the remains of a monumental staircase that led up to the southern enclosure wall of the massive platform built by Herod to support the gleaming […]

Four-Horned Altar Discovered in Judean Hills

We are what the outside world calls “settlers.” We live in the West Bank, but refer to it by its Biblical names, Judea and Samaria. I (Yoel) live in Ophrah, about 10 miles from the ancient site of Shiloh. Ophrah was established in 1975, the first Jewish settlement after the Six-Day War. Doron is […]

Gandhara, Pakistan


Crusader Fortress Found in Tiberias
Native Son Uncovers City’s Grand Past By Judith Sudilovsky
How to Settle a Controversy
Vinland Map Provides Contrast to James Ossuary
Under One Roof
Israel Antiquities Find New Home By Judith Sudilovsky
Beth-Shean Antiquities Destroyed
Arsonists Burn Down Dig Warehouse By Judith Sudilovsky