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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 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.

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 1995 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 year our May program will feature the husband and wife team of Mark Smith and Elizabeth Bloch-Smith (biblical scholar and archaeologist, respectively) tracing the orgins of biblical montheism.

Last year our "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. The year prior our 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 $30 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 worthy dig sites, or to archaeology students, to help defray the cost of their participation in an overseas dig. During the summer of 2013 we provided funds to help support a student dig at the site of Tel Kabri, a royal Canaanite site dated to 1900-1700 BCE, located in Israel near the Lebanon border. The student will return to speak at our October meeting with a detailed report of their activities and findings, along with Professor Eric Cline of George Washington University, the director of the Kabri dig. Next summer we will support similar student activities at Tel Dor, on Israel's Mediterranean coast.


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or to learn about upcoming events.


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