Evidence discovered for crucifixion in Roman Britain

Earlier this year, the first-ever discovery of a British crucifixion victim, dating back to the Roman occupation, was announced by archaeologists. The skeleton of a man in his late 20s or early 30s, which had a large iron nail driven through the right heel bone (the calcaneous), was found just outside the town of Fenstanton, […]

Desmond Tutu: a ‘very special child of God’

The biblical scholar and social commentator Richard A Burridge, who as Dean of King’s College London knew and worked closely with Desmond Tutu, offers this memoir about the former Archbishop of Cape Town who died in December. Ever since the current Archbishop of Cape Town announced the death of Desmond Tutu early on Boxing Day, […]

Digging into the foundations of faith

Over the past 150 years, Jerusalem has become one of the most excavated and archaeologised (if there is such a word) cities in the world, and with good reason. The city is holy to three of the world’s faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – and is famous not only as the place where Jesus died, […]