For the first time, the remains of a Jewish settlement of the Second Temple period have been discovered in Beersheva, revealing evidence of Jewish day-to-day life there. The site, dated from the first century AD until the Bar Kokhba Revolt in AD 135, appears to contain underground hidden passageways used by the Jewish rebels. AccordingContinue Reading »
An Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) excavation at Shivta [an ancient city in the Negev] has discovered a unique wick used to light lamps, dated to the Byzantine period 1,500 years ago. Dr. Naama Sukenik of the IAA said, “It seems that this rare find was preserved thanks to the dry climate in the Negev…LampsContinue Reading »
Four high school students from Kibbutz Yifat in the Jezreel Valley spotted a gold coin glinting in the grass as they walked along the banks of the Zippori stream in the Galilee, adjacent to the Sanhedrin Trail (a 70-kilometer [43.5 mi] hiking trail that runs from Tiberias to Beit She’arim). After examining the coin, IAAContinue Reading »
A 1,700-year-old Greek inscription referring to the city of Elusa (Hebrew: Halutza) has been discovered in archaeological excavations at Halutza National Park in the Negev. The stone inscription is currently being studied by Prof. Leah Di Segni from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The name of the city of Elusa appears in several historical documents,Continue Reading »
A unique estate about 1,600 years old that seems to have been the property of a wealthy Samaritan has been uncovered in the southern Sharon Plain. The discovery also reinforced evidence that at one time the settlement was extensively populated by the Samaritans. The Samaritans claim they are descendants of the northern Israelite tribes ofContinue Reading »
Friday, 5 April 2019 | For the first time, the remains of a Jewish settlement of the Second Temple period have been discovered in Beersheva. The archaeological excavation carried out to facilitate a new neighborhood near the northern entrance to Beersheva has revealed evidence of Jewish day-to-day life there, including part of an oil lampContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 2 April 2019 | A rare bulla (seal impression) and a 2,600-year-old stamp bearing Hebrew names were uncovered in the City of David. The artifacts were discovered inside a public building that was destroyed during the destruction of the First Temple and were uncovered in archaeological excavations at the Givati Parking Lot in theContinue Reading »
Recent heavy winter rains have revealed parts of two impressive clay figurines of horses that have been buried in the ground for well over 2,000 years. One of the figurines was found in the vicinity of Kfar Ruppin in the Beit She’an Valley. It was dated by Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists to be aboutContinue Reading »
Excavations continue at Caesarea as archaeologists uncover some of the most exciting finds of recent times. With the financial backing of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, some US $40 million has been invested in uncovering hidden treasures under the ground and in the sea. Caesarea has connections with many periods of history, including the RomanContinue Reading »
An international team of archaeologists has uncovered the earliest example of the use of a bridle bit with an equid (former species of the horse family) in the Near East. The discovery provides first evidence of the use of the bit to control an animal long before the appearance of the species of horse knownContinue Reading »
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