Wahroonga, New South Wales
After 22 years of exploring the wonders of ancient civilisations around the world, the final issue of Archaeological Diggings magazine has been published.
I want to thank our contributors and loyal, long-term subscribers for your support.
Associate editor Lee Dunstan said Diggings had succumbed to the same pressures afflicting the print industry that has led to the closure of magazines like The Bulletin.
“Adventist Media attempted a rescue of the magazine some three years ago, taking it over from its founder David Down, who for 20 years had produced the magazine,” he said. “Having refurbished the magazine and launched a new interactive digital edition, we then built a state-of-the-art subscriptions system.
“However, we were not able to build sufficient subscriptions to maintain it. This was compounded by the loss of our US distributorship and North American sales in 2014; then the crises in the Middle East of the past two years resulted in the cancellation of Diggings tours, which had helped to offset the costs of producing the magazine.”
Editor Gary Webster said Adventist Media made the decision to take over the magazine “because we believed archaeological discoveries support the substantial historicity of the Bible, reinforcing belief in the Bible”. “I want to thank our contributors and loyal, long-term subscribers for your support,” he said. “It has also been a great privilege to work with churches in proclaiming Christ through the related Diggings seminars, and in taking numerous church and community members on our tours. Many have thus found Christ or had their faith strengthened.”
While the print edition has ceased, an online presence will continue and an archaeological-related email newsletter will be launched in July.
For more information go to https://www.hopechannel.com/au/magazines/archaeological-diggings.