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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.

Ancient Winepress Found In Excavation of Water Reservoir

The winepress was found in the largest water reservoir in the Tzippori National Park.

Students on Archaeology Program Unearth a 1,700-Year-Old Coin

Students from Sharon region are helping excavate Byzantine-era site as part of a local initiative to spark an interest in history among youth.

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.

Exceptionally Rare Jewish Coins Found in Temple Mount Excavation

Five exceptionally rare ancient coins from among the very first ever minted by Jews were discovered on the Temple Mount, evidence of Jewish activity at the Jewish holy site.

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.

Discovery of Bar Kochba-Era Coin Declared at Lag B’Omer

As Jews across Israel and around the world celebrated Lag B’Omer, Israeli authorities announced that they had found a symbol of the Shimon bar Kochba revolt against the Romans in the form of a small bronze coin.

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.
Rejuvenation: The Lady Who Digs Jerusalem

Rejuvenation: The Lady Who Digs Jerusalem [audio]

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.

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.

Archaeologist Suing to Remove Kotel ‘Egalitarian’ Platform over Damage to Artifacts

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."

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.

Rare Dead Sea Scroll on Display in Jerusalem

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.

Report: European Union-Funded Arab School Built in Heart of Hebron Hills Archaeological Site

"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."

20 Dead Sea Scrolls in Major Israeli Antiquities Exhibition in Denver

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.

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).

Remarkable Multicolored Roman Period Mosaic Comes to Light in Caesarea

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.

IDF Machinery Destroys Ancient Artifacts, Graves at Netiv Ha’Avot

“Graves that have stood the test of time for 4,000 years are now about to be destroyed.”
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Excavations Reveal First Temple Treasures, Large Pool System Outside Jerusalem

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.

Turkish Pilots Emulate ISIS as Warplanes Destroy Ancient Site in Northern Syria

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.

Remains of Earliest Modern Human Outside of Africa Unearthed in Israel

Discovery of jawbone pushes back history of Homo sapiens migration by at least 50,000 years.

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