Through the Eyes of an Archaeologist

Readers of this blog already know that a real life archaeologist doesn’t look like Indiana Jones. Rather than ask, “but what does a real life archaeologist look like?” there is a more interesting question: “What does the world look like to a real life archaeologist?” Thanks to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, now you [Read More…]

Realistic Indiana Jones Movies

I apologize for the language in this, but it still seemed worth sharing, especially as it came my way so close to the first day of classes of the new academic year: The Indiana Jones and Lara Croft movies, in which the archaeologist swoops in and takes things even when chased by locals, should disturb us, [Read More…]

Coins of the Jewish War

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Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods Volume 1

I am grateful to Fortress Press for sending me a gratis review copy of Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, Volume 1: Life, Culture, and Society, edited by David Fiensy and James Strange. But I am perhaps even more grateful to have had the privilege of reading the book while traveling to [Read More…]

Ancient Corinth: An Aerial View

Putting drone technology to good use… [Read more…]

Gaming in Ancient Israel

The Israel Antiquities Authority has an interesting piece on their website about ancient games, some of which have survived down to the present day not only in the Middle East but beyond, such as Mancala!   [Read more…]

Archaeology Gaming

Via The Dice Tower, I learned of this archaeology game: It seems to me that either the game as it exists, or a variation on it, could have some pedagogical value. At GenCon last year, I participated in a game demonstration simulating excavation of prehistoric human fossils and artifacts. Thoughts? Have any professors of archaeology [Read More…]

Lectures on Neglected Aspects of the Bible and Christianity

Several interesting-looking videos of lectures came to my attention and I wanted to share them. First, here’s Amy-Jill Levine on sex, rape, gender, and other related matters in the Bible: Next, here’s Jason Beduhn on the “secret history” (i.e. neglected “heretical” streams and stories) of early Christian centuries: And finally, Ancient World Online shared some videos [Read More…]

Underwater Treasures of Caesarea

I'm looking forward to visiting Caesarea Maritimia again in about two weeks' time with a group of students from Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. It's one of the early stops on our visit of Israel. For better or worse, we won't be diving underwater when we're there. But here's a wonderful video and press [Read More…]

What Is This?

My friend Eldad Keynan shared these photos of a carving in the wall of a building in the Golan Heights. Any suggestions as to what it might be or represent? [Read more…]