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 »
A fascinating and rare stone mask was discovered recently, its characteristics and context testifying that the mask is 9,000 years old and dates to the Neolithic (new stone age) period. According to Ronit Lupu of the Israel Antiquities Authority Antiquities Theft Prevention Unit, “The mask is a unique finding in the archaeological world. The factContinue Reading »
Friday, 23 November 2018 | A rare weight, bearing an inscription mentioned in the Bible, was discovered in an excavation near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reported Wednesday. The tiny stone has the word beka, a weight mentioned in the bible—both in Genesis in describing the jewelry given to Rebecca andContinue Reading »
Friday, 9 November 2018 | During an archaeological excavation being carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in Beersheva as part of preparation work for the construction of the city’s future neighborhood of Rakafot, engravings of ships and zoomorphs (animal forms) were discovered. During preliminary work at the new neighborhood, a Roman period cisternContinue Reading »
Thursday, 11 October 2018 | An exciting find from Jerusalem was presented for the first time on Tuesday during a joint press conference of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Israel Museum. A unique stone inscription [was found], dating to the Second Temple Period (first century [BC]), mentioning Jerusalem, written in Hebrew letters, andContinue Reading »
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 byContinue Reading »
Thursday, 09 August 2018 | A Hellenistic-era golden earring, featuring ornamentation of a horned animal, was discovered in the Givati parking lot in the City of David National Park encircling the Old City walls. The discovery was made during archeological digs carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and Tel Aviv University. The spectacularContinue Reading »
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.Continue Reading »
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 comprisedContinue Reading »
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 wereContinue Reading »
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