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When You Join the Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia

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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 the Metropolitan DC area, 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.

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Yearly Events

Once a year we hold a special "Big Event." This season our April 30, 2017 program will be headlined by Professor Sidnie White Crawford of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She will present an illustrated lecture, What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us About The Bible.

Last years's Big Event featured Professor Andrea Berlin of Boston University speaking about, "Revolt! Why the Jews Took On Rome." The prior season's Big event was headlined by 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 orgins of biblical montheism. One year prior to that, the Big Event was a lecture on discoveries at an ancient synagogue in Huqoq, Israel by the internationally renowned archaeologist Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina. Our inaugural Big Event was a reception and lecture at the Egyptian Embassy featuring superstar Egyptologist Betsy Bryan of Johns Hopkins University. 

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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 provides annual grants to archaeology students, to help defray the cost of their participation in an overseas dig. During 2016 we provided funds to help support eight college students dig at the site of Tel Akko (occupied from the Middle Bronze Age through Hellenisitc times, located in Israel near the Lebanon border) and also helped one student to dig at the Mut Precinct in Luxor, Egypt . A year earlier we supported three college students at Tel Kabri and one year prior we funded a college student to excavate in Israel at Tel Megiddo (Biblical Armageddon).  

E-mail us today for information regarding our biblical archaeology society
or to learn about upcoming events.


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