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 in the Near East and Mediterranean. 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.
Before the pandemic, we met 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.
During the pandemic, we temporarily joined with our sister group in Maryland, BAF, to host usually twice-monthly virtual Zoom lectures. We are now transitioning back to in-person programming, beginning in September 2022. We will continue to offer Zoom programming on an episodic basis, especially during the summer months.
BASONOVA Members and BAF Subscribers in good standing may request links to individual lectures iisted in our lecture Archive tab by emailing their selection to: email@example.com
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.