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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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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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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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