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Archaeology in Review

Sarcophagi Covers Seized in Old City

Two covers of ancient Egyptian sarcophagi were recently seized by inspectors of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery, while checking shops in the market place of Jerusalem’s Old City. The sarcophagi covers are made of wood and coated with a layer of plaster and are ornamented with decorations and

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Israel was World Center for Glass Production

While overseeing infrastructure work on the Jezreel Valley Railway Project in northern Israel, IAA archaeologist, Abdel Al-Salam Sa’id, noticed chunks of glass and an ash layer inside a trench. He halted construction work at the site to allow for more investigation. Ancient glass kilns were discovered. Archaeologists have dated these kilns from the late Roman

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Roman Shipwreck Yields Spectacular Cargo

Two divers at the ancient port of Caesarea discovered the spectacular cargo of a merchant ship that sank during the Late Roman period some 1,600 years ago. A joint dive at the site with Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists revealed the remains of a ship on the sea bottom: iron anchors, wooden anchors, and items

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Students Find Ancient Amulet

High-school students from Kiryat Bialik, near Haifa participated in a week-long archeological dig in Tzipori, west of Nazareth. The town surrendered to the Romans without a fight during the Great Revolt in AD 66. Thus much of the  archaeological remains have been saved from destruction and wonderful mosaic floors have been found and preserved. This past

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Prehistoric Site Links 2 Stone Ages‬‬

Archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem uncovered a prehistoric village, dated around 12,000 years ago, in excavations in the fertile Jordan Valley. The newly excavated village sheds light on the historical shift from foraging to agriculture. A series of excavations on site revealed an abundance of human burial remains, flint tools, art manifestations, faunal

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Young Boy Finds Ancient Figurine

A 3,400-year-old statue was recently discovered by a seven-year-old boy while he was walking with some friends through an archaeological site in the Jordan Valley. While Ori Greenhut and his friends were climbing up the Tel Rehov archaeological mound, Ori spotted a stone that had shifted and suddenly saw an image of a human-like figure

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Impressive Winery Excavated

Unexpected finds more than 1,600 years old were uncovered during archaeological excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) at the Schneller Compound prior to the construction of new residential buildings. The Schneller Orphanage operated in Jerusalem from 1860 until the Second World War. During the British Mandate, its German inhabitants were expelled and

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Hiker Uncovers Spectacular Gold Coin

Laurie Rimon, from Kfar Blum in the Upper Galilee, was hiking near an archaeological site when she spotted a shiny object in the grass. She picked it up and realized she was holding an ancient gold coin. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) determined that the coin was a very rare example of a 2,000-year-old gold

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Farmer Finds Rare Egyptian Seal

An Israeli farmer from the Lower Galilee town of Kfar Hittim, hiking with his family near the Horns of Hittim not far from his home, found a scarab-shaped object with an inscription. Not sure of what the object was, he decided to show it to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) to find out what the

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Strong Woman of First Temple Period

A rare 2,500-year-old seal bearing the name of a woman, “Elihana bat Gael” was discovered in the excavations at the Giv’ati parking lot at the City of David in Jerusalem. According to the excavation directors, “The owner of the seal was exceptional compared to other women of the First Temple period: she had legal status

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