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Archaeology in Review

A Stunning Mosaic Appears

A 1500-year-old mosaic, depicting a map with streets and buildings, was discovered in Kiryat Gat by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). Buildings shown on the mosaic floors are a rare phenomenon in Israel. These are arranged along a main colonnaded street of a city, in a sort of ancient map. A Greek inscription indicates that

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Maccabean Mausoleum in Modi’in?

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), together with local residents, has been conducting an unusual archaeological excavation in search of the real location of the Tomb of the Maccabees (Tomb). The Maccabees, from the ancient city of Modi’in, led the uprising against Greek rule and were responsible for cleansing the impurity from the Second Temple. The

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Ancient Podium in the City of David

An intriguing find consisting of an impressive pyramid-shaped staircase constructed of large ashlar stones was uncovered in an archaeological excavation currently conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The excavation is located in the City of David, site of ancient Jerusalem. This structure, situated alongside the 2,000-year-old Second Temple stepped street, carried pilgrims on their

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Deciphering a Burnt Scroll

A piece of the burnt scroll Advanced technologies have made it possible to read parts of a scroll that was completely burnt c. 1,500 [years ago], inside the Holy Ark of the synagogue at Ein Gedi. The parchment scroll was unearthed in 1970 in archaeological excavations headed by the late Dr. Dan Barag and Dr.

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Ancient Mikveh Discovered

A two-thousand-year-old mikveh (ritual bath) was discovered during renovations carried out in a private house in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ein Kerem. Archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) were amazed to discover that a pair of wooden doors beneath a stylized rug concealed an ancient ritual bath. The large mikveh, which is complete, has

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Who Are You, Eshba’al Ben Beda?

An aerial view of Khirbet Qeiyafa, where the sherds were discovered A rare inscription from the time of King David was discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Valley of Elah. A ceramic jar c. 3,000 years old that was broken into numerous sherds was discovered in 2012 during excavations carried out by Prof. Yosef Garfinkel

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Ancient Water Course Revealed

Section of the newly revealed aqueduct that brought fresh water to Jerusalem two thousand years ago A section of Jerusalem’s Lower Aqueduct, which conveyed water to the city more than 2,000 years ago, was exposed in the city’s Umm Tuba quarter (near Har Homa) during the construction of a sewer line in the neighborhood. The

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1,500-year-old Church Discovered

Aerial view of excavation Archaeological excavations near Highway 1 (Jerusalem–Tel Aviv), at the entrance to Abu Gosh, have uncovered a large Byzantine-period road station that included a church. Initiated and funded by the National Roads Company, the excavations were conducted while upgrading and widening the highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The site lies next

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Druze Community Honors Israeli Divers

A Druze sheikh with a replica of a coin from the treasure A gold treasure off the Caesarea coast was discovered in February 2015 by a group of six Israeli divers—Tzvika Feuer, Kobi Tweena, Avivit Fishler, Shai Milner, Yoav Lavi and Yoel Miller (see June 2015 Dispatch for story). The treasure, which was completely uncovered

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Egyptian Culture Follows Israel

“The Israelites left Egypt; however, it seems that even years after their return, Egypt did not leave the Israelites and their descendants.” Speaking at a press conference, Amir Ganor, director of the Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), referred to the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery

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