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Archaeology in Review

Arabic Gold Coins Uncovered

Two teenage students from the lower Galilee who were participating in an Israel Antiquities Authority dig in nearby Kfar Kama found some ancient coins. Included in the find was a 1,200-year-old gold coin inscribed in Arabic and mentioning the name of Muhammad and monotheism. The rare find shows that the people who lived at the

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Jerusalem’s Third Wall

Fascinating evidence of the breaching of the third wall that surrounded Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple period was uncovered last winter in the Russian Compound in the city center. Archaeologists discovered the remains of a tower jutting from the city wall. Opposite the tower’s western facade were scores of ballista and sling

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Fisherman’s House Discovered

Young residents of the city of Ashkelon and the surrounding area were given a project by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) to assist in archaeological excavations in the city. The youngsters uncovered some buildings that were originally used as a fisherman’s house and a lookout tower, possibly a lighthouse, dating to the Ottoman period around

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2,000 Year Old Road in Jerusalem Restored

Thursday, 05 January 2017 | The heavy rain that had affected most of the country last week did not dampen the spirits of Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev as she spoke today in Jerusalem at the unveiling of a restored 2,000 year old road that led to the Kotel (the Western Wall). It was

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Hikers Find Important Engravings in a Water Cistern

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 | A rare and intriguing discovery was revealed this weekend by hikers exploring a water cistern in the Judean Shephelah (west, south-west of Jerusalem). On the walls of the cistern were hewn a Menorah and a Cross. Last weekend touring enthusiasts, Mickey Barkal, Sefi Givoni and Ido Meroz who are members

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Shedding Light on the Philistines

The Leon Levy expedition in Ashkelon reported the first Philistine cemetery ever discovered anywhere in the world. Archaeologists and scholars have long searched for the origin of the Philistines, and the discovery of the cemetery is poised to offer the key to this mystery. Findings from the cemetery, dated to the 11th–8th centuries BC, may

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Israeli High School Pupils Find 3,800-Year-Old Jug

Monday, 28 November 2016 | Described by Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists as ‘extraordinary’, a jug, estimated to be some 3,800 years old was found by pupils who were taking part in a Land of Israel and Archaeology matriculation stream excavation. This excavation is part of the new training course offered by the IAA and

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Ancient Gate Shrine Discovered in Israeli National Park

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 | An important and unusual discovery was made in archaeological excavations that were carried out in the Tel Lachish National Park: a gate-shrine from the First Temple period (eighth century BC) in what archaeologists perceive as compelling evidence of King Hezekiah’s efforts to abolish worship there, as described in the Bible:

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Rare Roman Period Frescoes Discovered

An archaeological team from the Hebrew University has discovered hundreds of fragments belonging to frescoes from the Roman period in the Zippori National Park. The fragments, which contain figurative images, floral patterns and geometric motifs, shed light on Zippori (Sepphoris), which was an important urban center for the Jews of the Galilee during the Roman

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Impressive Pottery Workshop Exposed in the Galilee

  A pottery workshop where jars were produced 1,600 years ago (Roman period) was uncovered in archaeological excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA] in the western Galilee. According to excavation director, Joppe Gosker, “What makes the pottery works so special is its unique kiln, which was hewn in bedrock and is unlike most of

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