“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.”
The $28 Million preservation and reconstruction of the walls, fortifications, towers, and Crusaders’ market is open to the general public.
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.
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.
A skull slashed by a sword and palm bones from approximately 1,000 years ago discovered in a cave in the Jerusalem hills.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Discovery of jawbone pushes back history of Homo sapiens migration by at least 50,000 years.
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.
"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."
“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."
"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.'"
The most fascinating finding in this context is a trove of 24-karat gold buckles and an amulet against indigestion.
Colored mosaic floors and imported marble artifacts were found.
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.
The dig uncovered a remarkable mosaic, with a four-line commemoration inscription in Greek dedicated to the structure’s builders.
"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."