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Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2015


Special Section

Digs 2015

Blast from the Past

By Megan Sauter

Every year they come—from diverse corners of the world and different walks of life: students, professionals, enthusiasts, retirees, travel lovers, adventure seekers and more. They put their lives on hold for a couple of weeks or even months, and they dig! Volunteer participants are an essential part...Read more ›

Digs 2015

Excavation Opportunities in 2015

Whether you’re seeking a field school or just an adventure, this section will help you get started on finding an archaeological excavation that’s right for you. There’s even more on the Biblical Archaeology Society website at, which we developed to share excavation opportunities with our readers...Read more ›

Digs 2015

Where Are They Now?

Tracy Hoffman, 1994 The first time I picked up an issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) featuring “Dig Opportunities at a Glance,” I was a freshman in college. I remember opening the magazine, reading about the archaeological expeditions looking for student volunteers, and being intrigued by the...Read more ›

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2014 Scholarship Recipients Go Digging

Straight from the field to you, hear from some of the individuals who were awarded BAR scholarships in 2014. They offer insight into what fieldwork at an archaeological excavation really looks like and whether the experience was worthwhile—all the while recognizing that their summer expeditions would not...Read more ›


Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible

By Lawrence Mykytiuk

After two decades toiling in the quiet groves of academe, I published an article in BAR titled “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible.”a The enormous interest this article generated was a complete surprise to me. Nearly 40 websites in six languages, reflecting a wide spectrum...Read more ›

Anastylosis at Machaerus

By Győző Vörös

This is the story of the re-erection of two ancient Herodian columns—one Doric, the other Ionic—on the basis of the principle of anastylosis at the archaeological site of Machaerus in Jordan. Machaerus, of course, is the dramatic Dead Sea palace-fortress where Salome danced and John the Baptist...Read more ›

Commemorating a Covenant

By Hershel Shanks

More than 40 years after re-excavating Tel Gezer’s dramatic “High Place,” archaeologist William Dever has now published his final excavation report. It is indeed welcome. The High Place consists of ten monumental standing stones, some more than 10 feet tall, and a puzzling squarish basin about 6...Read more ›