Some Egyptian scholars are arguing over whether it is acceptable to excavate and display ancient mummies.
Bones allegedly of St. James the Younger housed in the Santi Apostoli church in Rome are not old enough to have belonged to the apostle.
“New burials discovered inside the Roman necropolis of Santa Rosa, standing under what is now Vatican City, have shed light on burials that housed the servants and slaves of the Roman Caesars.”
Excavations are resuming at Herculaneum after 40 years, with work focused on the ancient beach.
After working hard to get Babylon chosen as a World Heritage Site, Iraqi officials have stopped working to protect the site.
“An anonymous philanthropist gave more than £11 million ($15m) to University College London to support the teaching and research of the heritage, history and languages of ancient Mesopotamia.”
Now online: Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal 19 (2020) — Special Josephus Issue
Now on YouTube: Gilgamesh Lament for Enkidu (with subtitles)
David Moster has just released a new video on “Coups in the Bible.”
Online lecture on Feb 10: “House Hunters: Babylon, 1300 BCE,” by Susanne Paulus
The new Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire (DARE) is available for broad use, including in web applications.
The German Archaeological Institute has created a digital map of Pergamum that represents all known archaeological remains.
New podcast on This Week in the Ancient Near East: “The Other Kind of Throne, or, What’s the Deal with Toilets in the Iron Age?”
HT: Agade, Joseph Lauer, Arne Halbakken, Charles Savelle, Keith Keyser, Ted Weis, Alexander Schick