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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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A Glimpse at Ancient Farming

Impressive archaeological finds are currently being uncovered in extensive excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), prior to the building of new neighborhoods in the municipality of Rosh Ha’ayin. During the excavation an impressive 2,700-year-old farmhouse (30 × 50 m; 98 × 164 ft) and a 1,500-year-old church with colorful mosaics and inscriptions

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King Hezekiah’s Royal Seal Discovered in Ophel

The Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, conducted under the direction of Dr. Eilat Mazar, have unearthed an impression of the royal seal of King Hezekiah (727698 BC). Measuring 9.7 x 8.6 mm (.38 x .34 in), the oval impression was imprinted on a 3 mm (.12 in)

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Impressive Marble Ram

 An impressive marble statue of a ram was uncovered near an ancient church that dates to the Byzantine period. The discovery was made in an archaeological excavation conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the Caesarea Harbor National Park. In Christian art, the ram is often depicted carried on the shoulders of the “Good

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Israeli Hiker Finds Rare 2,000-Year-Old Coin

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 | The famous British Museum possesses an ancient gold coin that until now was apparently the only one of its kind known in the world—a coin that bears the image of Emperor Augustus and was minted by Emperor Trajan. This coin, from AD 107, was part of a series of nostalgic

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Pushing Back Time

February 10, 2016

A joint study by researchers of the Weizmann Institute and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) examined fava seeds (broad beans) found in archaeological excavations in recent years at Neolithic sites in the Galilee in northern Israel. Seeds found at the prehistoric sites show that the inhabitants’ diet at the time consisted mainly of fava beans,

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Breathtaking Mosaic

February 10, 2016

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) revealed for the first time another hidden treasure located in the city of Lod: a breathtaking Roman-era mosaic dating back nearly 2,000 years. The archaeological find was uncovered by chance during the construction of the visitor center for the famous “Lod Mosaic,” believed to have served as the living room

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Fortress of Antiochus Ephiphanes

February 10, 2016

 Some years back, the ruler of a superpower set up headquarters in Jerusalem. Near the Temple courts he constructed a massive fortress. From its ramparts, he held Jewish rebels at bay, launching spears and slinging metal slugs emblazoned with symbols and inscriptions representing favorite deities. Determined to convert the Jews, and if not to squash

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Pushing Back Time

Fava seeds found at site A joint study by researchers of the Weizmann Institute and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) examined fava seeds (broad beans) found in archaeological excavations in recent years at Neolithic sites in the Galilee in northern Israel. Seeds found at the prehistoric sites show that the inhabitants’ diet at the time

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Fortress of Antiochus Ephiphanes

Some years back, the ruler of a superpower set up headquarters in Jerusalem. Near the Temple courts he constructed a massive fortress. From its ramparts, he held Jewish rebels at bay, launching spears and slinging metal slugs emblazoned with symbols and inscriptions representing favorite deities. Determined to convert the Jews, and if not to squash

Continue Reading »

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