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Biblical Archaeology’s Biggest Digs

Megiddo, Hazor, Dan, Gezer, Ashkelon. In many ways, these sites have come to define the field of Biblical archaeology. On the one hand, they are the massive, imposing mounds of stratified remains that give archaeologists material insight into the ancient past. On the other, they are Biblical cities, associated with some of the Bible’s most famous events and figures, from the conquests of Joshua to the building programs of King Solomon. In these articles, hand-selected by the Biblical Archaeology Review editors especially for members of the BAS Library, you’ll learn why these impressive sites are so important for Biblical archaeology.


Back to Megiddo

BAR 20:01, Jan/Feb 1994
By Israel Finkelstein and David Ussishkin

The Battleground

BAR 29:06, Nov/Dec 2003
By Timothy P. Harrison

King Solomon’s Stables—Still at Megiddo?

BAR 20:01, Jan/Feb 1994
By Graham I. Davies


Where Is the Hazor Archive Buried?

BAR 32:02, Mar/Apr 2006
By Sharon Zuckerman

Excavating Hazor, Part One: Solomon’s City Rises from the Ashes

BAR 25:02, Mar/Apr 1999
By Amnon Ben-Tor

Excavating Hazor, Part Two: Did the Israelites Destroy the Canaanite City?

BAR 25:03, May/Jun 1999
By Amnon Ben-Tor and Maria Teresa Rubiato

Tel Dan

Sacred Spaces

BAR 24:05, Sep/Oct 1998
By Avraham Biran

“David” Found at Dan

BAR 20:02, Mar/Apr 1994

BAR Interview: Avraham Biran—Twenty Years of Digging at Tel Dan

BAR 13:04, Jul/Aug 1987
By Hershel Shanks

The Remarkable Discoveries at Tel Dan

BAR 7:05, Sep/Oct 1981
By John C. H. Laughlin

Other Major Sites and Excavations

The Sad Case of Tell Gezer

BAR 9:04, Jul/Aug 1983
By Hershel Shanks

When Canaanites and Philistines Ruled Ashkelon

BAR 17:02, Mar/Apr 1991
By Lawrence E. Stager

Will Tel Rehov Save the United Monarchy?

BAR 26:02, Mar/Apr 2000
By John Camp and Amihai Mazar

Excavating Philistine Gath: Have We Found Goliath’s Hometown?

BAR 27:06, Nov/Dec 2001
By Carl S. Ehrlich and Aren M. Maeir

Excavating the Tribe of Reuben

BAR 27:02, Mar/Apr 2001
By Douglas R. Clark and Larry G. Herr