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Archaeology in Review

Ancient Idumean Palace or Temple Discovered in Israel

Friday, 01 December 2017 | An impressive 2,200-year-old (Hellenistic period) structure, possibly an Idumean palace or temple, was uncovered during Sukkot in archaeological excavations at the site of Horvat Amuda, situated at the heart of a military training area in the Lachish region. According to the excavation directors, Dr. Oren Gutfeld of the Hebrew University,

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1,500-Year-Old Mosaic Floor Discovered in Israel

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 | Last August archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered a remarkable mosaic from a 1,500-year- old church, with an inscription in Greek mentioning a date of its establishment according to the Georgian calendar. The mosaic was uncovered in archaeological excavations being carried out in Ashdod.  According to

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Ancient Theater Discovered Under Western Wall

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 | It was revealed today that excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), with the participation of volunteers, have uncovered large portions of courses of the Western Wall that have been hidden for the past 1,700 years.  During the excavations an ancient Roman theater-like structure was exposed for the first

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Ancient Collection of Seals Sheds Light on Bureaucracy in First Temple Jerusalem 

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 | A collection of ancient bullae (seals) from the late First Temple period—950 to 587 BC, just discovered in the City of David excavations shed light on the bureaucracy and officials of ancient Jerusalem. The seals, some of which bear ancient Hebrew inscriptions, as well as additional new findings, will be

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3,000-Year-Old Colored Textiles Found in the Negev

Excavations conducted since 2013 in the Timna Valley have recovered dozens of fragments of 3,000-year-old textiles, preserved thanks to the region’s extreme arid climatic conditions. The textiles date to the early Iron Age (12th–10th centuries BC), the time of the biblical kings David and Solomon. Some pieces are decorated with a red-and-blue band pattern. These

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Ancient Inscription Unearthed Near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate  

Thursday, 24 August 2017 | An inscription in Greek mentioning the Byzantine Emperor Justinian was exposed on a mosaic floor in a room that was probably used as a hostel for pilgrims. The intact discovery surprised and excited the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists. A 1,500-year-old mosaic floor, with a Greek inscription, was discovered this

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Further Evidence of the Babylonian Destruction of Jerusalem Found at the City of David

Thursday, 27 July 2017 | Evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians has recently been unearthed in the City of David in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority at the Jerusalem Walls National Park, funded by the City of David Foundation (Elad). In the excavations—concentrated on the eastern slope

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2,700-Year-Old Water System Discovered in Central Israel

Friday, 21 July 2017 | An impressively large 2,700-year-old water system was recently exposed at Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) excavations near Rosh Ha-Ayin, in central Israel, with the help of students majoring in the Education Ministry’s Land of Israel and Archaeology studies. The excavation precedes the construction of a new residential neighborhood initiated by the

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Ottoman Water System Revealed

Recently, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) uncovered an Ottoman-period well and an elaborate water system located nearby as part of the work being carried out by the Netivei Israel Company to widen Highway 38 near Ramat Bet Shemesh. A large well, about 3.5 meters [11.5 ft] in diameter, was discovered at the site, dug into

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The Battle for Jerusalem—2,000 Years Ago

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), in collaboration with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA), continues to unveil evidence of Jerusalem’s unique history, further reinforcing the indelible connection of the Jewish people to the city. Current excavations in the City of David are revealing evidence from the battle of Jerusalem two thousand years ago—a battle

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