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Researchers Decipher Last Two Qumran Scrolls

Dr. Eshbal Ratson and Prof. Jonathan Ben-Dov of the University of Haifa have managed to decipher and restore one of the last two Qumran Scrolls that remain unpublished. Most of the 900 Qumran Scrolls discovered in the 1940s and 1950s have been restored and published. The tiny remaining fragments, some smaller than one square centimeter

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Ancient Seal of Prophet Isaiah Believed to Be Found in Jerusalem

Friday, 23 February 2018 │ In what The Times of Israel hails as “a find of biblical proportions,” archaeologists discovered what they believe to be the personal seal of the ancient Hebrew prophet, Isaiah. The broken 8th-century BC clay seal impression or bulla, inscribed with what appears to be the words ‘Belonging to Isaiah’ as

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Revealing Ancient Caesarea’s Secrets

Friday, 09 February 2018 | A rare Roman mosaic was uncovered during an archaeological excavation that is part of the largest conservation and reconstruction project ever undertaken in Israel—with an investment of over $28 million contributed by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation and the Caesarea Development Corporation. The mosaic from the 2nd–3rd centuries CE, bearing

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Relics from the First Temple Era Uncovered near Jerusalem

Thursday, 01 February 2018 | A rare silver coin from the 4th century BC, one of the most ancient ever found in the Jerusalem area, was found in excavations at Ein Hanniya, near Gilo in south Jerusalem. The excavations also revealed pools and an elaborate fountain dating back 1500 years, as well as a capital

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The Diet of Early Jerusalemites

Recent archaeological activity in the City of David in Jerusalem found evidence of a 1,100-year-old refuse pit which sheds some interesting light on what the population of the Abbasid period (AD 750–940) was producing and eating. Eggplant seeds, among other things, were identified in the pit. This was the earliest evidence of eggplant found in

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Rare Ancient First Temple Seal Discovered Near Western Wall Plaza

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 | The importance of archaeological finds in the Land of Israel has not been lost on the Palestinians. More important archaeological discoveries reinforce the connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, and in particular to Jerusalem. For their part the Palestinians have made it their policy to destroy

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Remains of 1,500 Year-old Church and Monastery Uncovered in Israel

Thursday, 21 December 2017 | It was revealed today by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) that in an archaeological dig, being funded by the Ministry of Construction and Housing, prior to expansion of the city of Beit Shemesh, spectacular remains of a 1,500 year-old Byzantine monastery and church complex have been discovered. Over 1,000 teenagers

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Ancient Idumean Palace or Temple Discovered in Israel

Friday, 01 December 2017 | An impressive 2,200-year-old (Hellenistic period) structure, possibly an Idumean palace or temple, was uncovered during Sukkot in archaeological excavations at the site of Horvat Amuda, situated at the heart of a military training area in the Lachish region. According to the excavation directors, Dr. Oren Gutfeld of the Hebrew University,

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1,500-Year-Old Mosaic Floor Discovered in Israel

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 | Last August archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered a remarkable mosaic from a 1,500-year- old church, with an inscription in Greek mentioning a date of its establishment according to the Georgian calendar. The mosaic was uncovered in archaeological excavations being carried out in Ashdod.  According to

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Ancient Theater Discovered Under Western Wall

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 | It was revealed today that excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), with the participation of volunteers, have uncovered large portions of courses of the Western Wall that have been hidden for the past 1,700 years.  During the excavations an ancient Roman theater-like structure was exposed for the first

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