High-school students from Kiryat Bialik, near Haifa participated in a week-long archeological dig in Tzipori, west of Nazareth. The town surrendered to the Romans without a fight during the Great Revolt in AD 66. Thus much of the archaeological remains have been saved from destruction and wonderful mosaic floors have been found and preserved. This pastContinue Reading »
Archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem uncovered a prehistoric village, dated around 12,000 years ago, in excavations in the fertile Jordan Valley. The newly excavated village sheds light on the historical shift from foraging to agriculture. A series of excavations on site revealed an abundance of human burial remains, flint tools, art manifestations, faunalContinue Reading »
A 3,400-year-old statue was recently discovered by a seven-year-old boy while he was walking with some friends through an archaeological site in the Jordan Valley. While Ori Greenhut and his friends were climbing up the Tel Rehov archaeological mound, Ori spotted a stone that had shifted and suddenly saw an image of a human-like figureContinue Reading »
Unexpected finds more than 1,600 years old were uncovered during archaeological excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) at the Schneller Compound prior to the construction of new residential buildings. The Schneller Orphanage operated in Jerusalem from 1860 until the Second World War. During the British Mandate, its German inhabitants were expelled andContinue Reading »
Laurie Rimon, from Kfar Blum in the Upper Galilee, was hiking near an archaeological site when she spotted a shiny object in the grass. She picked it up and realized she was holding an ancient gold coin. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) determined that the coin was a very rare example of a 2,000-year-old goldContinue Reading »
An Israeli farmer from the Lower Galilee town of Kfar Hittim, hiking with his family near the Horns of Hittim not far from his home, found a scarab-shaped object with an inscription. Not sure of what the object was, he decided to show it to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) to find out what theContinue Reading »
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 statusContinue Reading »
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 inscriptionsContinue Reading »
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)Continue Reading »
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 “GoodContinue Reading »
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