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Archaeology in Review

Remembering the Vilna Synagogue

In archaeological excavations that recently took place in Lithuania, archaeologists discovered the stage from which the Torah [Gen.–Deut.] was read to the Jewish community of Vilna for 300 consecutive years. This tradition stopped abruptly during the Holocaust, when the Great Synagogue, then the beating heart of the Lithuanian Jewish community, was looted and burned by

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More Ancient Mosaics Uncovered in Lod

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 | Archaeological excavations carried out in the past month by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the City of Lod, in preparation for the construction of a new visitors’ center that will exhibit mosaics previously discovered here several years ago, have revealed an additional colorful mosaic dating from the Roman period.

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2,000-Year-Old Burial Cave Found

A fine and complex burial cave, dating back some 2,000 years from the Roman period, came to light recently in Tiberias. A mechanical digger, excavating the site for a new neighborhood in the municipality, exposed the cave entrance, and the contractor informed the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) of the discovery immediately. The rock-hewn cave comprised

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Seventy Years of the State and the Scrolls

Researchers from all over the world and experts in many fields of knowledge, including archaeology and other sciences, gathered in Jerusalem to discuss different aspects of the Judean Desert where the Dead Sea Scrolls were unearthed, both as the physical site of desert communities and as the symbolic place where biblical events and stories were

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2,000-Year-Old Pottery Vessels Discovered in Cave in Northern Israel

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 | In a joint operation by the Sefad Academic College, The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), The Israel Cave Research Center and the Israel Cave Explorers Club, large wine jars, a cooking pot and other pottery vessels over 2,000 years old were salvaged over the weekend in a complex operation from a

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Byzantine Monastery and Church Discovered

Spectacular remains of a 1,500-year-old Byzantine monastery and church complex have been discovered, prior to an expansion of the city of Beit Shemesh. Benyamin Storchan, director of the excavations for the Israel Antiquities Authority commented, “We were surprised by the wonderful state of preservation of the ancient remains, and the richness of the finds being

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Remarkable Roman Mosaic Comes to Light

A beautiful Roman mosaic from the 2nd–3rd centuries AD, bearing an inscription in ancient Greek, was uncovered at the Caesarea National Park. The excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA] are part of reconstruction work on the impressive Crusaders-era entrance bridge to Caesarea. The dig uncovered part of a large, opulent building dating back 1,500

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Hidden Script Discovered in Dead Sea Scroll Fragment

Thursday, 03 May 2018 | An Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) researcher who was examining scroll fragments with the aid of advanced imaging equipment at the Dead Sea Scrolls Conservation Labs, was amazed to discover letters that are invisible to the naked eye. The fragments presented today in Jerusalem as part of the international conference, The

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“Freedom Coins” from Second Temple Era Discovered near Jerusalem Temple Mount

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 | Bronze coins, the last remnants of a four-year Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, were found near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These bronze coins were discovered by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar during renewed excavations at the Ophel, located below the Temple Mount’s southern wall. These 1.5 cm

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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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