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.
Some of the most important 21st century finds have been on her digs, putting her in the spotlight of Biblical Archaeology. Today on Rejuvenation Eve Harow speaks with Dr. Eilat Mazar about the challenges digging in a city at the heart of so many issues, and of discoveries yet to come.
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.
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."
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
“Graves that have stood the test of time for 4,000 years are now about to be destroyed.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.