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Archaeology in Review

Biblically-Mentioned Weight from the First Temple Period Discovered in Jerusalem

November 23, 2018

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 and

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Ships in the Desert

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 cistern

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A 2,000-Year-Old “Jerusalem” Inscription Unearthed

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, and

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Remembering the Vilna Synagogue

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 by

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Ancient Jewelry Discovered outside Jerusalem Old City Wall 

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 spectacular

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More Ancient Mosaics Uncovered in Lod

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 | Archaeological excavations carried out in the past month by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the City of Lod, in preparation for the construction of a new visitors’ center that will exhibit mosaics previously discovered here several years ago, have revealed an additional colorful mosaic dating from the Roman period.

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2,000-Year-Old Burial Cave Found

A fine and complex burial cave, dating back some 2,000 years from the Roman period, came to light recently in Tiberias. A mechanical digger, excavating the site for a new neighborhood in the municipality, exposed the cave entrance, and the contractor informed the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) of the discovery immediately. The rock-hewn cave comprised

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Seventy Years of the State and the Scrolls

Researchers from all over the world and experts in many fields of knowledge, including archaeology and other sciences, gathered in Jerusalem to discuss different aspects of the Judean Desert where the Dead Sea Scrolls were unearthed, both as the physical site of desert communities and as the symbolic place where biblical events and stories were

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2,000-Year-Old Pottery Vessels Discovered in Cave in Northern Israel

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 | In a joint operation by the Sefad Academic College, The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), The Israel Cave Research Center and the Israel Cave Explorers Club, large wine jars, a cooking pot and other pottery vessels over 2,000 years old were salvaged over the weekend in a complex operation from a

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Byzantine Monastery and Church Discovered

Spectacular remains of a 1,500-year-old Byzantine monastery and church complex have been discovered, prior to an expansion of the city of Beit Shemesh. Benyamin Storchan, director of the excavations for the Israel Antiquities Authority commented, “We were surprised by the wonderful state of preservation of the ancient remains, and the richness of the finds being

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