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Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1981



Finders of a Real Lost Ark

American archaeologists find remains of ancient synagogue ark in Galilee

By Eric M. MeyersCarol L. Meyers

When we returned to Nabratein in upper Galilee for our second excavation season in June 1981, we were unaware of a movie called “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” This may be difficult to believe, but it is true. Day by day we excavated in the clear Galilee...Read more ›

Politics at the City of David

A BAR editorial

By Hershel Shanks

The dispute which sporadically disrupted the archaeological excavations in the City of David last summer had nothing to do with archaeology and everything to do with politics. The incident demonstrated that Judaism, like other religions, has its lunatic fringe. The groundwork for the incident was laid several...Read more ›

Are “The Cities of the Plain” Mentioned in the Ebla Tablets?

Cities identified by Pettinato are nowhere near the Dead Sea

By Alfonso Archi

About five years ago, Giovanni Pettinato, the original epigrapher to the Italian Mission to Ebla, announced to the world that the Biblical Cities of the Plain (Genesis 14) were mentioned in the fabulous third-millennium B.C. cuneiform tablets found at Ebla. At the time of...Read more ›

Yigal Shiloh Objects to BAR’s Coverage of His Jerusalem Dig

By Hershel Shanks

I was sorry to find in the recent edition of BAR the four-page article ostensibly attempting to clarify our work in the City of David under the pretense of correcting the New York Times. (“New York Times Misrepresents Major Jerusalem Discovery,” BAR 07:04). Most archaeologists do not...Read more ›

BAR Jr.: Not All That Glitters Is Gold—But Sometimes It Is

By Oded Borowski

Some people think of archaeology—incorrectly—as a treasure hunt. Not many archaeologists are as lucky as Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of King Tut with all its glorious treasures. More often than not, archaeologists find neither gold nor silver. And if they do find a precious metal,...Read more ›