University Salvages Buried Archaeology Program

University Salvages Buried Archaeology Program

Paige Patterson’s ill-fated tenure as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas had one good feature for archaeology nerds like me. He strongly supported the school’s archaeology program, known as the Tandy Institute. Not so the new president,...
Death, Taxes and a Surprising Find

Death, Taxes and a Surprising Find

Taxes have been around since the emergence of urban civilization but weren’t always paid in coinage, checks or bank drafts. Many ancient Hebrews paid their taxes in the form of grain, wine or olive oil, which were then stored in large pottery jars, typically holding...
Could it Be the Last Days?

Could it Be the Last Days?

The letter came in a business-sized envelope, but it was hand addressed in bold print with a complete return address and an honest-to-God stamp. How often does that happen? I noted the Raleigh postmark but didn’t recognize the sender’s name, so I opened it with some...
Possumbilities

Possumbilities

I don’t know how the critter got under our house, which is brick to the ground except for small screened vents that can barely accommodate a curious bug, much less a marsupial. However it got there, it must have found enough bugs or worms or spiders to survive for a...
A day to remember

A day to remember

Some days you never forget: sometimes for good reasons, sometimes not so good. This is about one of the happy ones, and fortunately, it keeps turning up. In 2015, my wife Susan and I volunteered to spend three weeks digging with the Fourth Expedition to Lachish,...