When You Join the Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia
BASONOVA is a non-sectarian society open to anyone who has an interest in biblical-era archaeology or the history, art, religion, and texts of ancient times. Our members are drawn from all walks of life and live predominantly in Northern Virginia, Montgomery County and the District of Columbia. We call ourselves a society because there is an important social aspect to our organization, which recently began its third decade.
We meet eight times a year, usually on Sunday afternoons at a restaurant in Northern Virginia, to sample ethnic food, enjoy engaging table talk, and listen to well-informed scholars and field archaeologists. Many of these lecturers have international reputations and educate us for an hour with richly illustrated images of their work.
BASONOVA began in 1994 as an unofficial offshoot of Hershel Shanks' Biblical Archaeology Society and has grown to become a popular destination to meet a wide range of warm and thoughtful people interested in the biblical history and archaeology of ancient times.
Once a year we hold a special "Big Event." This season's Big Event on March 25, 2018 will be headlined by Professor Jodi Magness, who will highlight her unique discoveries at the site of a fifth century synagogue in the Galilee.
Last year's Big Event featured Sidnie White Crawford of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She presented an illustrated lecture, What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us About The Bible. More than 300 people attended this lecture!
Prior years' Big Events have featured Professor Andrea Berlin of Boston University speaking about, "Revolt! Why the Jews Took On Rome"; George Washington University archaeology professor Eric Cline, talking about the topic of his Pulitzer Prize nominated book, 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed. A year earlier our Big Event sponsored the husband and wife team of Mark Smith and Elizabeth Bloch-Smith (biblical scholar and archaeologist, respectively) tracing the origins of biblical monotheism. Our inaugural Big Event was a reception and lecture at the Egyptian Embassy featuring superstar Egyptologist Betsy Bryan of Johns Hopkins University.
Funding for the Future
BASONOVA uses its $35 annual dues and per lecture fees for two purposes: to pay our lecturers and to invest in the future of biblical archaeology. We provide annual grants to archaeology students, to help defray the cost of their participation in an overseas dig.
For the summer of 2017, we provided funds for a SUNY student to dig at a Roman-era site near Tel Megiddo under the auspices of the W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, and two other scholarships for George Washington University students to excavate at the Canaanite site of Tel Kabri.
During 2016 we provided funds to help support eight college students to dig at the site of Tel Akko (occupied from the Middle Bronze Age through Hellenisitic times, located in Israel near the Lebanon border) and we also helped one student to dig at the Mut Precinct in Luxor, Egypt
Email us or call us today for information regarding biblical archaeology society or to learn about upcoming events.