A well-preserved mosaic laden with decorations, including dedication inscriptions and descriptions of baskets with loaves and fish, was exposed in an excavation at the “Burnt Church” in Hippos overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Hippos was the central city in the region around the eastern Sea of Galilee and the southern Golan during Roman andContinue Reading »
Monday, 7 October 2019 | A 5,000-year-old city—considered massive for its timeframe—has been discovered as part of a road construction project in north-central Israel. The city, which could have accommodated around 6,000 inhabitants and was more than 0.25 square miles (0.64 square kilometers) in size, displays ancient city planning, societal hierarchy and more. “This isContinue Reading »
“That is where the tribes go up—the tribes of the LORD—to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.” (Psalm 122:4 NIV) It was described as the beating heart of Jerusalem—a place of bustling commerce, braying donkeys, chattering children playing hide-and-seek among the robe-clad legs of pilgrims; a politician bellowingContinue Reading »
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 »
Tuesday, 9 July 2019 | In 2015, archaeologists began an excavation in the Judean foothills in a location between Kiryat Gat and Lachish. In a tripartite cooperative between researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, the archaeologists believe they have found the Philistine town ofContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 2 July 2019 | Archeological findings uncovered in the 1960s and 70s have recently revealed a wonderful secret—the first facility dating to the biblical period for the production of prestigious purple-dyed textiles has been uncovered at Tel Shikmona, south of Haifa. “Until now, there has not been any meaningful direct archeological evidence of workshopsContinue 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 »
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