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 »
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 »
Monday, 31 December 2018 | It’s not every day that the average person finds 1,700-year-old sculptures, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen during an everyday activity in Israel. A local resident recently discovered two “impressive” Roman busts near the city of Beit She’an in northern Israel while just taking a walk, according to aContinue 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 »
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