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Oldest Hebrew Text, Including Name of God, Unearthed at Mount Ebal?

In what could be one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries to date, international scholars claim to have unearthed the earliest proto-alphabetic Hebrew text ever found in Israel: a 3,000-year-old folded lead amulet inscribed with, among other things, the word “cursed” and the Hebrew word YHWH, the Tetragrammaton name of God. The location of the

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Spectacular Ancient Treasure Discovered At Sea

A number of fascinating artifacts from the wrecks of two ships that foundered off the coast of Caesarea in the Roman and Mamluk periods (some 1,700 and 600 years ago respectively) have been discovered near Caesarea during an underwater survey conducted by the Marine Archaeology unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The ships’ cargoes

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Shema Yisrael Pendants Discovered in Sobibor Extermination Camp

Over the past decade, archaeological excavations in the Sobibor extermination camp have uncovered three pendants bearing depictions of Moses and the tablets of the Law opposite the Hebrew prayer Shema Yisrael (“Hear O Israel”). The metal pendants are different from one another, and they were inscribed by hand. Over the past year, researchers have identified

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World’s Largest Known Winepress from Byzantine Period Uncovered

Yavne was a world wine powerhouse about 1,500 years ago. A huge and well-designed industrial estate from the Byzantine period with a very impressive wine production complex—the largest known in the world from this period—has been excavated in the city over the past two years. The site includes five magnificent wine presses, warehouses for aging

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Second Temple-period Jerusalem Building Discovered

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA] are opening to the public impressive new sections of one of the most magnificent public buildings uncovered from the Second Temple period. The discovery—the fruit of archaeological excavations in the Western Wall Tunnels—will be part of the new route opened to visitors. Part of

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Other Half of Ancient Lamp Found in Budapest Unearthed in Jerusalem

The Roman-era oil lamp recently unearthed in Jerusalem may be the missing half of a similar artifact found in Budapest nine years ago, the City of David Foundation announced. Mere hours after publication of the discovery of the “lucky” lamp shaped like a grotesque half face, Hungarian archaeologist Gabor Lassanyi contacted Ari Levy, director of

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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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