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Remarkable Roman Mosaic Comes to Light

A beautiful Roman mosaic from the 2nd–3rd centuries AD, bearing an inscription in ancient Greek, was uncovered at the Caesarea National Park. The excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA] are part of reconstruction work on the impressive Crusaders-era entrance bridge to Caesarea. The dig uncovered part of a large, opulent building dating back 1,500

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Hidden Script Discovered in Dead Sea Scroll Fragment

Thursday, 03 May 2018 | An Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) researcher who was examining scroll fragments with the aid of advanced imaging equipment at the Dead Sea Scrolls Conservation Labs, was amazed to discover letters that are invisible to the naked eye. The fragments presented today in Jerusalem as part of the international conference, The

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“Freedom Coins” from Second Temple Era Discovered near Jerusalem Temple Mount

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 | Bronze coins, the last remnants of a four-year Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, were found near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These bronze coins were discovered by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar during renewed excavations at the Ophel, located below the Temple Mount’s southern wall. These 1.5 cm

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Researchers Decipher Last Two Qumran Scrolls

Dr. Eshbal Ratson and Prof. Jonathan Ben-Dov of the University of Haifa have managed to decipher and restore one of the last two Qumran Scrolls that remain unpublished. Most of the 900 Qumran Scrolls discovered in the 1940s and 1950s have been restored and published. The tiny remaining fragments, some smaller than one square centimeter

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Ancient Seal of Prophet Isaiah Believed to Be Found in Jerusalem

Friday, 23 February 2018 │ In what The Times of Israel hails as “a find of biblical proportions,” archaeologists discovered what they believe to be the personal seal of the ancient Hebrew prophet, Isaiah. The broken 8th-century BC clay seal impression or bulla, inscribed with what appears to be the words ‘Belonging to Isaiah’ as

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Revealing Ancient Caesarea’s Secrets

Friday, 09 February 2018 | A rare Roman mosaic was uncovered during an archaeological excavation that is part of the largest conservation and reconstruction project ever undertaken in Israel—with an investment of over $28 million contributed by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation and the Caesarea Development Corporation. The mosaic from the 2nd–3rd centuries CE, bearing

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Relics from the First Temple Era Uncovered near Jerusalem

Thursday, 01 February 2018 | A rare silver coin from the 4th century BC, one of the most ancient ever found in the Jerusalem area, was found in excavations at Ein Hanniya, near Gilo in south Jerusalem. The excavations also revealed pools and an elaborate fountain dating back 1500 years, as well as a capital

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The Diet of Early Jerusalemites

Recent archaeological activity in the City of David in Jerusalem found evidence of a 1,100-year-old refuse pit which sheds some interesting light on what the population of the Abbasid period (AD 750–940) was producing and eating. Eggplant seeds, among other things, were identified in the pit. This was the earliest evidence of eggplant found in

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Rare Ancient First Temple Seal Discovered Near Western Wall Plaza

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 | The importance of archaeological finds in the Land of Israel has not been lost on the Palestinians. More important archaeological discoveries reinforce the connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, and in particular to Jerusalem. For their part the Palestinians have made it their policy to destroy

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Remains of 1,500 Year-old Church and Monastery Uncovered in Israel

Thursday, 21 December 2017 | It was revealed today by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) that in an archaeological dig, being funded by the Ministry of Construction and Housing, prior to expansion of the city of Beit Shemesh, spectacular remains of a 1,500 year-old Byzantine monastery and church complex have been discovered. Over 1,000 teenagers

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