Building Göbekli Tepe

Full View of a Göbekli Tepe Temple Illustration by Fernando Baptista The cover story of the June 2011 National Geographic magazine features the extraordinary archaeological site of Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey. Built some 11,600 years ago, it is revolutionizing theories on the development of agriculture, religion, and civilization. In the article, author Charles C. Mann writes, "Göbekli Tepe …

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Elite Canaanite Burial Discovered in the Jezreel Valley

Bible and archaeology news  Robin Ngo   •  04/11/2014   The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has announced the discovery of a 3,300-year-old anthropoid coffin with Egyptianizing features near Tel Shadud in the Jezreel Valley. The excavation was led by IAA archaeologists Dr. Edwin van den Brink, Dan Kirzner and Dr. Ron Be’eri.   The find dates to …

Why Does It Matter If Homo sapiens Had Sex With Neanderthals?

EXPAND Evidence has been piling up for a while that early humans in Europe had children with the Neanderthals who had been living there for probably 500 thousand years before humans arrived. Very few Neanderthal genes are left in humans today, so what difference does it make? A lot, both genetically and philosophically. RELATED How did Neanderthal genes …

Lachish—Key to the Israelite Conquest of Canaan?

  It is now more than seven years since my first report to BAR readers on the excavation at Biblical Lachish (“Answers at Lachish,”BAR 05:06). At that time, I primarily discussed Iron Age Lachish, the Lachish of the Judean monarchy. Judean Lachish was twice conquered and destroyed. Lachish Level III was conquered and destroyed in 701 B.C. by …