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Archaeology in Review

Evidence of the Last Battle in Jerusalem from 2,000 Years Ago Uncovered

Friday, 26 May 2017 | Upon marking 50 years of the reunification of Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority discovered evidence of the last battle for the city from 2,000 years ago; the battle that occurred on the eve of the destruction of the Second Temple.

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Israeli Students Uncover Evidence of World War I Battlefield

Thursday, 11 May 2017 | Evidence of fierce battles between the British and Ottoman armies in the form of dozens of bullet cartridges, shell fragments and military items from World War I was recently exposed in an archaeological excavation of the Israel Antiquities Authority near Rosh HaAyin in which young people participated. The excavation was

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Maintenance Work in Israel Yields Cache of Ancient Coins

Thursday, 23 March 2017 | A cache of nine bronze coins from the end of the Byzantine period (AD seventh century) was discovered in salvage excavations that the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) conducted as part of widening Highway 1, near ʽEn Hemed, financed by the Netivei Israel Company. During the course of the excavations which

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Ancient Ship Replica Returns to Sea

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 | The Ma’agan Michael Ship has returned to the sea. Twenty-five hundred years after the ship sank off the coast at Ma’agan Michael, and 30 years after the shipwreck was discovered and removed from the water, a replica of the vessel has been launched. Organized by the University of Haifa and

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Ancient Roman Road Discovered in Israel

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 | It would seem that new, exciting archaeological discoveries are being made in Israel on an almost daily basis. Such is the expertise of archaeologists and scientists working with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), that the past of this small nation is being constantly revealed. In many cases the preparation of

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4,000-Year-Old Art Found in Galilean Dolmen

Tuesday, 07 March, 2017 | Dolmens, one of the archaeological features that are found in many locations in the world, have both interested and perplexed archaeologists over the years. A dolmen (stone table) is a megalithic structure (mega = large, lithos = stone) thousands of years old that is built of huge stones. The basic

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Volunteering at Qumran

When you volunteer with Bridges for Peace, you never know what special opportunities may come your way as it is our goal to enrich the lives of our volunteers as they serve in the Land. Recently we were able to go down to Qumran, near the Dead Sea, to help with an archaeological dig. We

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Israeli Archaeologists Find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave

Thursday, 09 February 2017 | Excavations in a cave on the cliffs west of Qumran, near the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, prove that Dead Sea scrolls from the Second Temple period were hidden in the cave and were looted by Bedouins in the middle of the last century. With the discovery of this

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Israel Unveils Historic “Mikveh” Path

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 | A new path running between two thousand year old ritual baths that were used by pilgrims visiting the Temple Mount is to be inaugurated at the Ophel site in the Davidson Center Archaeological Park, in the ‘Walls Around Jerusalem National Park’. The ‘mikveh’ path, which is experiential, circular and modular,

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Rare First Temple Document Revealed

A rare and important document written on papyrus and dating to the time of the First Temple (seventh century BC) was exposed in an enforcement operation initiated by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA)’s Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery. The document was illicitly plundered from one of the Judean Desert caves by a band

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