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Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1985


Special Section

Excavation Opportunities 1985

Doings at Digs

From taking the first level to dumping the final load of debris, volunteers contribute hours of labor for every important find. Taking a Level Sifting Protecting a Fragile Find Dumping Debris Tracing a Floor Making Notes Raising a Tower ...Read more ›

Excavation Opportunities 1985

Wanted: Volunteers

Choose your site, your dates and your historical period

Do you want to do more than just read about the archaeology of the Holy Land? Do the pictures in BAR make you wish you had a trowel and a brush and a chance to expose a pot, a wall or an inscribed sherd that’s been buried...Read more ›

Excavation Opportunities 1985

Excavation Tactics and Strategy

Looking at a dig from a director’s viewpoint

BAR’s January/February issue traditionally contains a catalogue of exciting opportunities for inexperienced as well as experienced volunteers who want to participate in archaeological excavations. An article describing a volunteer’s experience on a dig is usually part of that annual BAR tradition.a This year, however, we’re going to...Read more ›

Excavation Opportunities 1985

Strange’s Laws of Archaeological Excavation

New evidence for Murphy’s Law—if something can go wrong, it will

By James F. Strange

Laws In Tell Archaeology 1. No matter where you sink the first square,a you will find a Turkish toilet. 2. If three Ph.D.s with 39 years of field experience among them lay out the grid, it will later turn out to be irretrievably in error. Corollary: The...Read more ›


Has Joshua’s Altar Been Found on Mt. Ebal?

By Adam Zertal

To appreciate fully the significance of the unique altar and cult center we are excavating on Mt. Ebal, one must first understand the archaeological context in which these discoveries were made. We found the altar and cult center, not in the course of excavating a tell, but...Read more ›

Crucifixion—The Archaeological Evidence

By Vassilios Tzaferis

From ancient literary sources we know that tens of thousands of people were crucified in the Roman Empire. In Palestine alone, the figure ran into the thousands. Yet until 1968 not a single victim of this horrifying method of execution had been uncovered archaeologically. In that year...Read more ›