This Week in the Ancient Near East

Squeaky Clean, or The Rediscovery of Soap in the Past

December 20, 2020

An ancient soap factory found in a Bedouin village leads our panelists to ask the age-old question, what’s it doing there? Why is it a soap factory anyway? And just what is soap anyway? With guest star Dr. Bronner and a recursive discussion on the role of Irish Spring in the Troubles, this an episode that can’t be missed!


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Earliest soap factory in Israel, discovered in Negev, shows seeds of early Islam