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Pottery talks. That’s a little secret archaeologists know but few outsiders are privy to. And pottery can talk—a lot. If you were to excavate George Washington’s dining room at Mount Vernon and recover fragments of the many plates and cups...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1999
Judah picks a side … and loses
Rarely do Biblical texts and extra-Biblical materials supplement one another so well as those that describe the last two decades before the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem, which marked the end of the Judahite state in 586 B.C.E. As a...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1999
Discovered at Troy; smuggled to Greece, bestowed upon Germany; confiscated by the USSR—Schliemann’s gold is still causing a ruckus.
Return the Treasure to Germany Why should the events of World War II abrogate longstanding agreements over cultural ownership? Priam’s Treasure belongs in Berlin’s Museum of Pre- and Early History, part of the German system of federal museums...
Archaeology Odyssey, July/August 1999
Discovering the idolatry of the even maskit
Leviticus bans the Israelites from bowing upon a maskit stone. But what is a maskit? A recently deciphered Assyrian inscription may hold the key to identifying this mysterious prohibited object.
Bible Review, October 1999