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Archaeology in Review

Biblical Scroll Fragments from 2,000 Years Ago Discovered in Israel

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 | A daring years-long archeological operation yielded rich discoveries tying the Jewish people to their homeland, including 2,000-year-old biblical parchment fragments, the world’s oldest basket and the 6,000-year-old mummified remains of a young girl. The operation in a Judean Desert cave was undertaken by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) together with

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Israeli Researchers Discover New Bee Species

There is no overestimating the importance of pollinators in our world today. While crop pollination relies mainly on managed colonies of the domesticated honey bee (Apis mellifera), wild, unmanaged pollinators were found to be highly effective, often critical contributors to pollination services in natural and agricultural systems. Among these wild pollinators, native bees are the most

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Trove of Ancient Coins Discovered

A rare coin hoard from the Abbasid period, dating around 1,100 years ago, was uncovered by a group of youths volunteering before their army service in an archaeological excavation carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). According to the directors of the excavation, Liat Nadav-Ziv and Dr. Elie Haddad of the IAA: “The hoard,

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Israeli Teenager Unearths Figurine from Biblical Times

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 | A few weeks ago, 11-year-old Zvi Ben-David from Beersheva was on a family trip to Nahal HaBesor when he caught sight of an unusual object. On picking it up, he saw it was a pottery figurine of a woman. His mother, Miriam Ben-David—a professional tour guide—realized that it was an

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Two 1,800-Year-Old Sarcophagi Discovered in Central Israel

Friday, 19 February 2021 | An expansive new facility currently being built at Ramat Gan Safari Park will be an important addition to its wildlife hospital. During its construction, an extraordinary discovery was made last week. Two unique sarcophagi—ancient stone coffins—were found in the earthworks. Veteran safari workers present at the time said that the

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Ancient Two-Shekalim Weight Discovered Adjacent to the Western Wall

An ancient limestone-made weight, dating to the Iron Age—the First Temple period—was discovered in an archaeological excavation conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in conjunction with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. The excavation site is beneath Wilson’s Arch, adjacent to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The weight, corresponding to the

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Israeli Company Swaps Injectable for Oral Insulin

Wednesday, 2 December 2020 | After 14 years of painstaking research, an Israeli company is ready to cross the finish line with a product that promises to revolutionize the treatment of diabetes. Oramed Pharmaceuticals recently started final-stage tests of its oral insulin under the US Food and Drug Administration, a product that may well see

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Israeli Schoolboy Discovers Ancient Burial Slab

Monday, 27 January 2020 | Stav Meir, 13, who attended archeology classes in his school with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), immediately realized he had stumbled upon an ancient find and reported it. He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for good citizenship and the class will soon enjoy a special activity. Stav, a 13-year-old

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Colorful Mosaics Revealed at Hippos

A well-preserved mosaic laden with decorations, including dedication inscriptions and descriptions of baskets with loaves and fish, was exposed in an excavation at the “Burnt Church” in Hippos overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Hippos was the central city in the region around the eastern Sea of Galilee and the southern Golan during Roman and

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Family Finds 1,400-Year-Old Hammer and Nails

Friday, 1 November 2019 | A family participating in an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) excavation some 9.3 miles [15 km] east of Haifa at the ancient city of Usha found a 1,400-year-old hammer and nails. This was particularly interesting because it confirmed the fact that the ancient inhabitants of Usha manufactured iron tools. The IAA’s

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