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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.

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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One Thousand Year Old Eggplant Discovered in Israel

The earliest evidence of the arrival of eggplants in this Israel has come to light in the City of David, the archeological site of ancient Jerusalem: A 1,100-year-old refuse pit found in Israel Antiquities Authority excavations in the Jerusalem Walls National Park reveals dietary habits in the Early Islamic period.

Pregnant Egyptian Woman’s Remains Discovered in King Solomon’s Mines

The TAU team dug up the remains of the skeleton several hundred feet from an Egyptian temple, suggesting she may have been a musician or a singer.

The Most Spectacular Mosaics Exposed in Israel to Receive the Most Spectacular Permanent Home...

Construction of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Archaeological Center is underway to display world-class archaeological finds inside a modern complex.

Amazing New Discoveries in Western Wall Tunnels, Including Ancient Theater

Excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority uncovered large portions of courses of the Western Wall that have been hidden for 1,700 years, including an ancient Roman theater.

Lost First-Temple Jewish City Discovered Under IDF Training Base

According to the finds, the site remained abandoned for years and resettled in the Byzantine period, by a Christian population.

Report: Robbers Destroyed Mysterious ‘Skull Cave’ in Hasmonean Fortress

Apart from the cave of the skulls, the volunteers found dozens of new, illegal excavation sites, as well as the remains of the bonfires that the robbers lit on the progressively eroding mosaic floor at the top of the fortress.

Scientists Discover Connection between 7000-Year-Old Food Storage Container and the Development of Community Elites

Researchers believe a unique pottery vessel dating back some 7,200 years ago was used to ensure that certain people or groups could better maintain their ability to store large quantities of crops.

Emperor Justinian Mosaic Inscription Unearthed near Damascus Gate

The Greek inscription mentioning the Byzantine emperor Justinian was exposed on a mosaic floor in a room that was probably used as a hostel for pilgrims.

Two Mikvahs Exposed in Vilna’s Great Synagogue 70 Years after Destruction

This important and magnificent synagogue was the center of study of the Vilna Gaon. In recent weeks, a delegation of archaeologists has uncovered two of the compound's ritual baths.

Galilee Excavation Reveals 2,000 Year-Old Stone Vessel Workshop

The discovery provides fascinating evidence of the central place of ritual purity in the daily lives of Galilean Jews during the time of the Second Temple.

Christian Archaeologists May Have Unearthed Lost Kinneret City of 3 Apostles

Because of the importance of the place to the Christian world, many scholars have been engaged in identifying its location.

They Were Here on Tisha B’Av: New Evidence of Babylonian Destruction Discovered in City...

The wealth of the Judaean kingdom's capital is manifest in the ornamental artifacts.

Impressive 2,700-Year-Old Water System Discovered Near Rosh Ha’Ayin

This was probably an administrative site built to control the surrounding farmsteads during the Assyrian period.

Caesarea National Park and Roman Amphitheater Sold by Greek Orthodox Church to Secret Investors

Officials at the Israel Lands Authority, JNF and the Israel National Parks Authority were shocked when the sale was announced. No one was notified in advance.

Evidence of Plant Dyes Found in King Solomon Era Textiles

The textiles date to King Solomon’s reign, in the Iron Age (eleventh–tenth centuries BCE), and some are decorated with a red-and-blue bands pattern.

900-Year-Old Women’s Jewelry Collection Discovered in Modi’in

'The rings, bracelets and earrings – some of which are made of bronze and silver – appear to have been accidentally dropped during cooking in the kitchen of an ancient tower.'

Crusader Escape Tunnel to Kinneret Exposed in Tiberias

The famous Battle of Karney Hittin that was fought on July 4, 1187, resulting in the defeat of the Crusader Kingdom by Saladin's army, was a direct outcome of the events in Tiberias.

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