A mosaic found in Antioch on the Orontes from the 3rd century BC reads “Be cheerful, enjoy your life.”
The Washington Post has more on the discovery of a waystation built during the early years of Queen Hatshepsut.
New book: Hazor: Canaanite Metropolis, Israelite City, by Amnon Ben-Tor. Available from the Israel Exploration Society.
A recent donation to the Yale Babylonian Collection includes 360 cylinder seals from the third and fourth millennia BC.
Most of the 200 objects displayed on the ground floor of the Palmyra Museum were destroyed, including the famous Lion of Allat.
The US Senate has voted to ban all imports of antiquities from Syria in order to discourage looting.
Archaeologists are trying to solve the mystery of why 150 people were buried with shackles near the port of Athens.
An article by Philippe Bohstrom in Haaretz (premium) traces the history of writing materials from clay tablets to wax tablets.
Construction workers in Spain discovered a trove of 1,300 pounds of Roman coins dating to the 3rd and 4th centuries.
A replica of Noah’s Ark will sail from the Netherlands to Brazil before coming to the United States.
Another reason to visit Jordan: Jordanian Food: 25 of the Best Dishes You Should Eat
Wayne Stiles explains why the Judean wilderness is a perfect place to escape.
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