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IAA to Inaugurate New Mikvah Path at the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park

A new path running among two-thousand year old ritual baths that were used by pilgrims visiting the Temple Mount is to be inaugurated at the Ophel site in the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park.

Stacks of Stolen Historic Artifacts Seized in Acre

The punishment for illegal trading in antiques is two years in jail. Harming a dig site will get you five years.

Archaeological Digs in Nazi Death Camp Unearth Victims’ Personal Effects

A pendant discovered in Sobibór bears close resemblance to one owned by Anne Frank.

3,000-Yr-Old Timna Valley Gatehouse Dates Back to Kings David and Solomon [video]

Tel Aviv University archaeology team confirms donkey stables, livestock pens in Timna date back to the time of Kings David and Solomon.

Haifa U. Archeologists Excavate Golan Heights Roman Theater [3d]

Surprisingly, the theater appears to have formed part of a large sanctuary, played an important role in religious ceremonies.

Hikers Discover Engravings of Menorah and Cross in Judaean Lowlands Water Cistern

Engravings of a Seven-Branched Menorah and a Cross were Discovered by Hikers in an Ancient Water Cistern in the Judaean lowlands.

‘Winter Wonderland’ Whitens Northern Israel, Brings Rain Elsewhere

A winter wonderland in the Golan Heights and rainy weather in the rest of Israel is a blessing that will help fill Lake Kinneret with much-needed water.

Hasmonean Period Stone Bowl Engraved with Rare Hebrew Inscription ‘Hyrcanus’ Discovered

Who was Hyrcanus, whose name is engraved in Hebrew on a 2,100-year-old stone bowl from Jerusalem?

Tomb Raiders Caught Red-Handed in Northern Israel

Three grave robbers were caught as they were raiding a burial cave excavation in northern Israel, stealing precious artifacts.

Israel Conserves Seal of Sultan Abdul Hamid II, Builder of the Jaffa Clock Tower

The familiar seal of sultan Abdul Hamid II, builder of Jaffa's clock tower, is once again on display on the city’s famous landmark.

Minister Regev Presents 67 CE ‘Great Rebellion’ Coin at Cabinet Meeting

The coin bears on one side a vine leaf and the statement 'Freedom of Zion.' On the opposite side it bears a standing cup and the statement 'Second year of the great rebellion' – the year 67 CE.

Ancient Inscription Identifies Gargilius Antiques as Roman Ruler on Eve of Bar Kochva Revolt

'For the first time, we can state with certainty the name of the Roman prefect of Judea during the critical period leading up to the Bar Kochva revolt.'

Spectacular 3,800 Year Old Pottery Vessel Excavated near Tel Aviv

“It literally happened on the last day of the excavation, when right in front of our eyes and the of the thrilled students, an unusual ceramic vessel c. 18 cm high was exposed, bearing the image of a person."

Court Rejects Freedom of Information Request to Shield Archeologists from BDS Attacks

Judge Marzel ruled that the potential personal harm to the archeologists and their research justifies concealing their names.

3,600-Year-Old Jewels Found in Judean Foothills

Dr. Irit Ziffer identified a pendant with an eight-pointed star as representing both Ishtar, the Mesopotamian East Semitic goddess of fertility, love, war, sex and power, as well as the Chinese moon god of the Akkadian culture.

Arson in the Kidron Valley Damages Architectural Jewels

Who would desecrate the tomb of King David's son Absalom, in the ancient Kidron Valley? But someone has...

Palestinian Authority Demands “Return” of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The PA told UNESCO that the Dead Sea Scrolls are part of THEIR heritage!

Rare 1,200-Year-Old Gold Coin Discovered in Lower Galilee

Archaeologists are excited about the discovery of a rare gold coin in the Lower Galilee.

American, Israeli Archaeologists Attack Authenticity of ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’

"The money that modern forgers and dealers can make on modern forgeries is astronomical, consistently in the five and six figure range. The motivation is strong."

Ancient Muslim Inscription Confirms Dome of the Rock’s Jewish Temple Origin

Participants in the Jerusalem conference were particularly excited by this revelation in light of two recent UNESCO resolutions which disavowed any connection between Jewish history and the Temple Mount.

Holding Up Ancient ‘Jerusalem’ Papyrus, Netanyahu Condemns UNESCO’s ‘Scandalous’ Resolution

"That scandalous decision ... that the Jewish People have no connection to the Temple Mount, or to Jerusalem at all, is contradicted by the Bible and the entire historical record.

First Temple Era Document Mentioning ‘Jerusalem’ Revealed [video]

In a complex enforcement operation, IAA inspectors seized a papyrus with the earliest reference to Jerusalem in an extra-biblical document, dating back to the time of the Kingdom of Judah.

Discovery: ‘Jerusalem’ on Hebrew Papyrus

Researchers say the papyrus may be the earliest evidence in Hebrew of the connection between the city of Jerusalem and the period of the Kings of Israel.

Arab MK: No Jewish Temple Ever Existed on Temple Mount [audio]

The dispute MK Tibi has just entered is not, as he put it, religious, but scientific.

Excavation Reveals Spot Where Romans Breached Jerusalem’s Wall 2,000 Years Ago

Fascinating evidence of breaking through Jerusalem’s Third Wall at the end of the Second Temple period was discovered in an excavation where the new Bezalel campus will be built.

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