Family Digs Reveal Rare Byzantine Iron Hammer

If your family had spent your summer vacation volunteering at an archaeological site, your child might have the best begining-of-the-year theme: “What I did this summer.” “A family volunteering at excavations at Usha, the first location of the Sanhedrin following the Bar Kochba revolt, discovered a previously unknown iron industry at the site and a… Read More

Men’s or Women’s Work

What determines what is designated as “man’s work”or “woman’s work?” In this day and age, we are currently hearing strident voices asking this very question. As a matter of fact, I’ve asked this myself. Archaeological studies of ceramics reveal that this has been been an issue for a long time time. The evidence of fingerprints… Read More

Archaeological Digs Help Us Dig Deeper into Biblical Understanding

The site of Capernaum is perhaps the most visited site in the Galilee on any tour of the Holy Land. This is where Jesus taught and where he cast out an unclean spirit (Mark 1.21-28, Luke 4.31,32). So many pictures are taken of groups visiting the impressive synagogue structure built from dazzling white limestone. But do… Read More

3 Cheers for Archaeologists

Researching ancient history can be tricky. It requires connecting the dots (clues) that are scattered throughout many different  “__ologies,” such as anthropology, geology, archaeology, philosophy, theology, literature, history, and the history of science and medicine. All of these require core skills and innovative and informed approaches to theories. (That’s education-speak for: make your best guess… Read More

Archaeological and Historical Christmas

Why Christmas is Merry! Just before 700 BC, the Biblical prophet Micah prophesied that the Messiah would be born in the town of Bethlehem, and it happened just as he said. The Bible tells us that only God knows the future. If you are someone who wants some proof before you even consider that this… Read More