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1,000 Ancient Letter Seals Found in Beit Guvrin National Park

If a letter arrived with a broken bulla, it meant it had been opened.

13,000 Year Old Brewery Discovered in Mount Carmel Cave

A microscopic examination two of the three craters showed microscopic remains of starch grains that underwent morphological changes which correspond to changes in starch during fermentation.

3000-Year-Old Droppings Reveal How Man Improved the Savannah

Haifa University's Prof. Ruth Shahak-Gross says Savannah shepherds were not harmful to the ecosystem, and instead enriched and diversified the ecosystem.

Blue Eyed Blondes Invaded Israel 6,500 Years Ago: DNA Study

"This study of 22 individuals is one of the largest ancient DNA studies carried out from a single archaeological site, and by far the largest ever reported in the Near East."

Surprise: Uri Geller Museum Built Over Ancient Soap Factory, Vaults

"I intuited that there was something hidden there," Geller recalled.

2,000 Year Old Golden Earring Discovered in City of David

The earring will be on display for the general public at the City of David's annual archeological conference. “Whoever wore it belonged to Jerusalem's upper class.”

Intriguing Ancient Industrial Site with Recreational Section Revealed in Central Israel

"The extremely long duration of the production of these near-identical jars indicates that the workshop was probably a family-owned business that passed down from generation to generation."

1,700 Year-Old Mosaic Discovered on Site of Future Mosaic Museum in Lod

A marvelous new mosaic was discovered in archaeological excavations carried out prior to construction, on the site of the planned Shelby White and Leon Levy Mosaic Center in Lod.

Hidden Silver Cross Attests to Religious Tolerance of 7th Century Caliphate

Historical evidence suggests that at least at the beginning of Muslim rule, the new regime treated the local Christian population with great tolerance.

2,000-Year-Old, Intact Pottery Vessels Salvaged in Cave on Lebanese Border

Archaeologists slid the vessels on ropes 30 yards down a sheer cliff.

Three-Weeks Appropriate Discovery: Bronze Coin from the Great Revolt

“It is possible that this coin was in the pocket of one of the residents of Jerusalem who hid from the Romans in the tunnels underneath the city streets.”

Cologne Building Museum in Historic Jewish Quarter to Fight Anti-Semitism

Over its history, the Jewish community of Cologne has suffered persecutions, many expulsions, massacres and destruction.

1,000 Year Old Clay Amulet with Arabic Blessing Discovered in City of David

“The size of the object, its shape, and the text on it indicate that it was apparently used as an amulet for blessing and protection.”

Baroness Rothschild Unveils New Historical Layer of Caesarea’s Hidden Treasures

The $28 Million preservation and reconstruction of the walls, fortifications, towers, and Crusaders’ market is open to the general public.

Ancient Burial Complex Exposed in Works on New Tiberias Neighborhood

Rare burial complex may throw new light on life in Tiberias in the Roman period, 2,000 years ago.

New Exhibit Displays for First Time Two-Thousand-Year-Old Tekhelet and Argaman Dyed Fragments of Textiles

A new exhibition follows the thread of the mysterious blue color, tekhelet, from the Mediterranean shores over 3,500 years ago to the national colors of the State of Israel.

Temple Mount Sifting Making a Comeback with Sift at Home Project

In 1999, during an illegal excavation conducted by the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement and the Waqf, 9,000 tons of antiquities-rich earth was removed from the Temple Mount and dumped in the nearby Kidron Valley.

Researchers Discover Earliest Evidence of Blood Vengeance

A skull slashed by a sword and palm bones from approximately 1,000 years ago discovered in a cave in the Jerusalem hills.

Hidden Script Uncovered in Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls

An Israel Antiquities Authority researcher examined scroll fragments with the aid of advanced imaging equipment at the Dead Sea Scrolls’ conservation labs, and was thrilled to discover letters that are invisible to the naked eye.

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.

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.

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).

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