If a letter arrived with a broken bulla, it meant it had been opened.
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.
Haifa University's Prof. Ruth Shahak-Gross says Savannah shepherds were not harmful to the ecosystem, and instead enriched and diversified the ecosystem.
"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."
"I intuited that there was something hidden there," Geller recalled.
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.”
"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."
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.
Historical evidence suggests that at least at the beginning of Muslim rule, the new regime treated the local Christian population with great tolerance.
Archaeologists slid the vessels on ropes 30 yards down a sheer cliff.
“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.”
Over its history, the Jewish community of Cologne has suffered persecutions, many expulsions, massacres and destruction.
“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).