Many of us are familiar with crimes committed by organized gangs, from drug running, the weapons trade, to the sex trade. However, there is one kind of crime, the looting and trade of antiquities that is on par with these abhorrent black market businesses, yet seldom discussed.
This is one of the issues we find in modern, "biblical" archaeology: the need to locate everything mentioned in Holy Writ. Scripture is the only place Dalmanutha is mentioned. It is not found in other sources of the time.
While we love being off the beaten path, the road could be so much more interesting in Africa if its global heritage sites came alive through well-documented history, writings and images, and integrating living heritage to make it more relevant today.
It's a drag to read the news about Honduras in the international press. So much bad press. Mind you, not that it is undeserved. The situation is what it is. But it isn't all that there is.
Cyprus, as you might know, is a country strangled by debt, struggling beneath the heel of the austere European boot. Cyprus can't pay its trash collectors, but someone has the funds to send researchers there to dig up the contents of a 12th Century latrine.
Since the State Department put out warnings about traveling to Egypt and Mexico (the two preeminent destinations for those with a passion for pyramids), I decided to look for a safe, inexpensive alternative to my usual dependence on foreign archaeology.
Every Israeli secretly wants to be Indiana Jones. Archaelogy is the country's national pastime. Yet, archaeologists and their discoveries often find themselves at odd with traditional Jews. Their findings put into question foundational parts of the Jewish faith.
Julio was born and lived his entire life in San Jose de Moro, Peru, site of a famed Moche cemetery and ritual center. Until 2011, Julio was a part-time day laborer in town, working for under ten dollars a day when jobs were available.
The story of the Cyrus Cylinder travelling the world and being interpreted through a certain point of view by powerful white men is very much a continuation of the fundamentally colonialist and paternalistic nature of Near Eastern archaeology.
Returning stolen objects does not save archaeological sites, creating jobs does. Especially the right kind of jobs.
Jordan's capital, Amman, balances more modern elements that add a cosmopolitan flair to the natural beauty of this traditional kingdom.
Jared Diamond has a new book out, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies, and academic anthropologists are again up in arms.
Syria endures as one of the world's greatest cultural crossroads. Its architectural and archeological record lends dignity and pride of place to its citizens. The question today is, can this precious national patrimony survive another year or even a few more months?
My hunch is that fossils are now speaking out to us loud and clear. And that microscopic fossils have the very darkest stories to tell. The ways of the world can be read within a grain of sand.
Having successfully completed his quest for Jesus' will, Matlow now looks forward to his next assignment from the Israeli government: locating the Garden of Eden's Tree of Knowledge.
The original outrageous, illicit power couple was none other than the pair who refuse to die in our imaginations -- the fun-loving Roman General Mark Antony and the fascinating Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra VII.