Saturday, July 28, 2007

BAR Highlights: 7/28/07

More recent archaeological news from Biblical Archaeology Review:

Coins from Cyprus Barred
The U.S. government, hoping to stem the trade in illicit antiquities, has imposed restrictions that will keep coins from Cyprus out of this country unless the Cypriot government gives its authorization for their importation.

New Temple Mount Bridge Approved

Authorities in Jerusalem have given the go-ahead for a rebuilt bridge to the Temple Mount, one that is smaller than a previously proposed bridge, which was criticized by archaeologists and also sparked violent protests by Muslims.

Genesis Text Unveiled

Professor James Charlesworth has acquired an ancient manuscript with verses from the Book of Genesis and has also bought 30 new Dead Sea Scrolls. Charlesworth will be a lecturer at the BAS seminar in Atlanta; for details, click here.

Rome in 3-D

Tour ancient Rome circa 320 A.D. through a full-size, three-dimensional model created by Bernard Frischer, head of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia.

Bathing Never Goes Out of Style

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved, two-story bath complex in Rome. The complex, which extends over five acres, is thought to have belonged to the wealthy Roman Quintus Servilius Pudens, one of the Emperor Hadrian’s friends.

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