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New Interactive ‘Sanhedrin Trail’ Yields Ancient Oil Lamp Adorned with Menorah

This year in the Galilee, thousands of students have been excavating and organizing the first “smart trail," in which dozens of stones on the trail will transmit information and activities to hikers’ mobile phones.

Archaeologist Suing to Remove Kotel ‘Egalitarian’ Platform over Damage to Artifacts

Should the platform not be dismantled, the magnificent Robinson's Arch archaeological site would be destroyed, making "its very exposure a source of eternal lamentations."

Cairo Genizah Project Reveals 11th Century Passover Haggadah

The Cairo Genizah International Project of the Haifa, Oxford, Princeton and Pennsylvania universities presents one of the ancient haggadahs discovered so far, opening a window to Medieval Passover customs.

Dozens of ‘Freedom Coins’ from the 66-67 CE Jewish Revolt Discovered in Temple Mount...

“A discovery like this—ancient coins bearing the words 'Freedom' and 'Redemption'—found right before the Jewish Festival of Freedom, Passover, begins, is incredibly moving,” Dr. Mazar noted.

Haifa U. Reveals Role of Pigeons in Turning the Negev Green 1,500 Years Ago

A new study at the University of Haifa shows the first archaeological evidence of the role of pigeons in Byzantine agriculture in the Negev: reclamation and fertilization of vineyards and orchards.

Rare Dead Sea Scroll on Display in Jerusalem

In order to protect the scroll, which is indescribably fragile, it has been encased in a special "smart glass" viewing box that minimizes exposure to light.

Report: European Union-Funded Arab School Built in Heart of Hebron Hills Archaeological Site

"Construction of a school on a protected archaeological site, with EU funding, is a gross and blatant violation of the High Court's decision, as well as a violation of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage."

20 Dead Sea Scrolls in Major Israeli Antiquities Exhibition in Denver

The exhibition showcases some 600 artifacts unearthed in archaeological excavations in Israel, dating from the biblical period to the end of the Bar-Kokhba Revolt, including a 3-ton stone from the Western Wall.

Jezreel Valley Gardener Discovers Medieval Santa Claus Ring among his Vegetables

The gardener Dekel Ben-Shitrit, who gave the unusual object to the National Treasures Department, will receive a good citizenship certificate from the Israel Antiquities Authority National Treasure Department.

First-Ever Archaeological Evidence of Prophet Isaiah Possibly Discovered in Jerusalem

At about a half-inch wide, the oval-shaped bulla is inscribed in ancient Hebrew script with the name Yesha'yah (the Hebrew name of Isaiah), followed by the word nvy (prophet).

Remarkable Multicolored Roman Period Mosaic Comes to Light in Caesarea

The mosaic was uncovered as part of the largest conservation and reconstruction project ever undertaken in Israel, made possible by a with an investment of close to $30 million by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation.

IDF Machinery Destroys Ancient Artifacts, Graves at Netiv Ha’Avot

“Graves that have stood the test of time for 4,000 years are now about to be destroyed.”
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Excavations Reveal First Temple Treasures, Large Pool System Outside Jerusalem

Pools and an elaborate fountain dating back 1500 years, a capital typical of First Temple-era royal estates, and a rare and ancient silver coin among the finds.

Turkish Pilots Emulate ISIS as Warplanes Destroy Ancient Site in Northern Syria

The temple was among the most important ancient monuments built by the Arameans in the first millennium BCE. It's not clear why Turkey destroyed it.

Remains of Earliest Modern Human Outside of Africa Unearthed in Israel

Discovery of jawbone pushes back history of Homo sapiens migration by at least 50,000 years.

One of Last Two Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls Reconstructed, Deciphered, Throwing Light on Alternative...

The Qumran calendar used a 364-day system, perfectly divided into 4 and 7, with each holiday falling on the same day of the week each year.

Gerbil Bones Attest to Successful Byzantine Agriculture in the Negev

"We uncovered large amounts of small mammalian remains (rodents and insectivores) within agricultural installations built near fields, providing a new line of evidence for reconstructing anthropogenic impact on local habitats."

Half a Million Year Old Prehistoric Site Uncovered in Sharon Valley

“it’s hard to believe that between Jaljulia and Highway 6, five meters below the surface, an ancient landscape some half a million years old has been so amazingly preserved."

Western Wall Plaza Excavations Yield First Temple Hebrew-Inscribed Message

"In the register beneath the double line is an inscription in ancient Hebrew: 'LESARAR,' with no spacing between the words and no definite article. It denotes 'Lesar Ha'Ir,' meaning 'belonging to the governor of the city.'"

New Exhibition Tells Story of Sussita as Israel Transitioned from Paganism to Christianity

The most fascinating finding in this context is a trove of 24-karat gold buckles and an amulet against indigestion.

1,500 Year Old Monastery, Church, Uncovered in Beit Shemesh

Colored mosaic floors and imported marble artifacts were found.

Haifa Girl Finds Chanukah-era Candle Holder During Pre-Holiday Hike

For 7-year-old Hadas Goldberg-Kedar and her mother, Ayelet, last week turned into an opportunity to remember Chanukah in a more unique way than usual.

2,200-Year-Old Edomite Temple Unearthed in Lakhish Region

Two stone incense altars were discovered in one of the rooms. One of them, bearing the carved image of a bull, is depicted as standing in what is apparently the façade of a temple adorned with magnificent columns.

1,500-Year-Old Colorful Mosaic Floor with Inscription Uncovered in Ashdod

The dig uncovered a remarkable mosaic, with a four-line commemoration inscription in Greek dedicated to the structure’s builders.

1,320 lbs. Lioness Statue Discovered near the Kinneret

"The lioness statue is completely whole, starting with the short mane, the big fangs, the tongue sticking out and even the carved tail along the hind legs."

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