Jews have been unquestionably connected with the city for millennia, yet it functioned as their capital only for short periods in history
Philippe Bohstrom is an archaeologist, covering archaeology for news outlets and journals in America, Europe and Asia. Bohstrom holds a master's degree in Classical Archaeology from Gothenburg University and a master´s degree in Near Eastern Archaeology and History from Tel Aviv University.
Debris and bodies crushed under fallen walls had led archaeologists to think Mycenaean civilization was brought down by quake. Can't be, geophysical study reports
The entire region quailed before King Sennacherib, known for horribly torturing rebel monarchs, but he didn't kill King Hezekiah. Inquiring minds have been asking why ever since
Mosaics, colored stucco and cherubs sporting on sky-blue background found in house that had been occupied for hundreds of years
Finding seal marks ostensibly from Isaiah the Prophet and Hezekiah within mere feet of each other in Jerusalem is intriguing; so are other seals of other non-visionary Isaiahs found in Israel from that time
Ceramic decorated with birth of Athena copied from Parthenon frieze, and other imported luxuries signal, that the textile dyeing business was thriving in Bethsaida 2,300 years ago
The camp discovered by Armageddon is the only full-scale Roman legionary base found so far in the East: It housed the 'Ironclad' Sixth Legion, a cremated comrade in a cooking pot, and a Sacred Eagle, whose birdly squawks would be interpreted as portents of war
Diving archaeologists were surprised to find eight sunken ships on the Cycladic resort's seabed that, however, the locals knew about all along
DNA analysis of seeds and bones unearthed on the tiny island of Motya show that they came from the ancient Levant, brought by the Phoenicians to Sicily.
Discovery of Greek dedication from 1,500 years ago indicates to archaeologists that they have finally found the Roman-Byzantine city of Ashdod-Yam, right by Ashdod
Archaeology has provided precious little evidence for the biblical account of a powerful Judaic kingdom 3,000 years ago, but the sheer extent of copper mining in Timna, when Egypt was in a state of collapse, is otherwise hard to explain
Carthage fought the Roman Navy with ships captured from them in previous battle, but lost anyway, which explains why the Sicilian seafloor is littered with remains of ships built by the side that won
Rare masks, cultic tableware, a massebah and figurines bolster the theory of pagan worship at Tel Burna over three millennia ago, says excavator
The ancient Carthaginians were so obsessed with gambling that some may have chosen the races as their final resting place, archaeologists suspect.
Eight more ancient wrecks found at Fourni, bringing total in what should have been safe harbor in the Mediterranean Sea to 53 ancient sunken ships.
Discovery of Judean-style lamp molds in remote Galilee village suggests a Judean lampmaker fled the Romans and started a new life, bringing his signature style with him
As the blazing Canaanite building collapsed, an adult and a child were buried under ash and mud-brick debris, and would only be found by Israeli archaeologists 3,200 years later.
The wooden wreck looked like a warship but was too small, and was discovered to have been going the wrong way.
Machaerus, King Herod's fortress in Jordan which was razed by the same Roman legion that destroyed Masada, before which Salome did her dance and John the Baptist was killed
Most beautiful mosaic in Ptolemaic house shows a sleeping Ariadne with her future husband, the god Dionysus; coins from lamps workshop also found.