2,000-Year-Old Hasmonean Oil Lamp Discovered in Jerusalem on Eve of Hanukkah

Soot marks had accumulated at the bottom of the lamp, indicating the lamp was used.

First-Ever Remains of Sanhedrin Era Building Uncovered in Coastal City of Yavneh

In the intervening years between the Great Revolt in 70 CE and the Bar Kokhba Revolt in 130 CE, Yavne became the most important Jewish spiritual center in the country.

Tryphon was Here, Archeological Find in Hebron Hills Testifies to Hasmonean Days

Diodotus Tryphon initially signed a pact with the Hasmonean rulers of Judea, but subsequently turned on them and attempted to attack Jerusalem.

Girl, 11, Finds Rare Silver Coin, 2000-Years-Old, Minted at the Temple

The girl came with her family to the Emek Tzurim Sifting Project in Jerusalem.

Hellenistic Fort Destroyed by the Hasmoneans Uncovered in Lachish Forest

“The building’s devastation is probably related to the region’s conquest by the Hasmonean leader Yochanan Horkenus around 112 BCE.”

Siege Ramps & Breached Walls: Israeli Archaeologists Trace the Assyrian Conquest of Lachish

Construction began about 80 meters away from the walls of the city of Lachish, close to where stones required for the ramp could be quarried.

Spectacular Ancient Gold Ring with Semi-Precious Stone Inlay Unearthed in Yavne

"The ring may have belonged to the owner of the warehouse, to a foreman, or to an unlucky visitor who dropped it."
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Ammunition-Packed Syrian Bunker Exposed in Golan Heights

Israeli authorities operating to clear old minefields in the Golan Heights have recently exposed a Syrian bunker packed with ammunition that was left behind by Syrian troops retreating as IDF forces advanced during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Newly Discovered Documents of Yemenite Olim Testify to Jewish life in Jerusalem’s Kfar HaShiloach

Original documents belonging to Yemenite Olim from the 1880s who lived in Kfar HaShiloach were recently discovered and brought to light.

6 Bedouins Busted While Digging for Gold Treasure at Archeological Site

Israeli law stipulates that causing damage to an antiquities site is a criminal offense for which the penalty prescribed by law is up to five years in prison.

Incredible Second Temple-Era Amethyst Seal Found Under the Kotel

The amethyst seal was discovered at The Sifting Project while examining soil samples from the base of the Western Wall.

Diver Discovers 900-Year-Old Crusaders Sword off Haifa Beach

“The discovery of ancient finds by swimmers and leisure divers is a growing phenomenon in recent years, with the increasing popularity of these sports.”

Archaeological Sensation in Yavne: Ancient World’s Largest Complex of Winepresses Uncovered

It appears that the town of Yavne, home to the Sanhedrin in exile after the destruction of the Second Temple, became a worldwide powerhouse of wine production some 1,500 years ago.

2,700-Year-Old Private Lavatory Discovered in Jerusalem

It's fascinating to see how something that's obvious to us today, such as toilets, was a luxury item during the reign of the kings of Judah."

Police Catch 5 Bedouin During Antiquities Theft in Southern Israel

It is illegal in Israel to excavate antiquities sites without a license, and offenders can face up to five years in prison under the law.

Second Temple Period Quarry Uncovered in Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s ancient quarries were the main source of building stones for monumental construction projects in the city, such as the Temple Mount.

Remains of Vilna’s Great Synagogue Torah Ark Excavated after Nazi Destruction

A few years ago, Dr. Jon Seligman's visit to Vilna as part of a roots trip sparked the idea of digging up what was left of the compound and the synagogue.

Astronaut Eytan Stibbe Takes Ancient Bar Kokhva Coin to Outer Space

Interestingly, the rebels used existing Roman coins and re-struck them with their own themes and messages.

Did You Know? Ramat Hasharon Was Hub of Agriculture and Industry 1,500 Years Ago

As Ramat Ha-Sharon approaches its centenary year, evidence is emerging that its history is far more ancient than was previously assumed.

TAU Researchers Discover Millennia-Old Magnetic Field Recordings Teach Us about Today’s Magnetic Field

Burnt archaeological flints enable us to determine the strength of the Earth's magnetic field during prehistoric periods.

What Did the Yitzhakis Do on their Summer Vacation? They Discovered a 1,500 Year-Old...

"The girl and her family showed good citizenship, and since this is a state treasure, handed us the coin.”

Dig Confirms Biblical Account of Earthquake during Judaean Kingdom

"When we excavated the structure and uncovered an 8th century BCE layer of destruction."

49 Cisterns Tell the Story of the Destruction of the Temple, and Much More

The network of tunnels beneath the Temple Mount has been the subject of much mystery and controversy, but the cisterns – some of which are linked to biblical sources – are just as fascinating.

WATCH: Jerusalem’s Missing First Temple-Era City Wall Uncovered by Archaeologists

"This was unequivocally the eastern wall of ancient Jerusalem. . .Near the wall, a Babylonian stamp seal made of stone was uncovered."

Bar-Ilan U. Archaeologist Discovers Two Rare Coins Dating Back to Jewish Revolts Against Rome

Symbols and slogans on Jewish coins during the two Roman wars declared the rebels' goals.

Qiryat Gat 3 Millennia-Old Inscription May Name Biblical Judge Gideon

Who are you, Yerubbaal? Was the Judge Gideon the owner of this ancient vessel inscribed with his nickname?

Magnificent Second Temple-Era Building Discovered in Jerusalem

“The new route provides a better understanding of the complex and important site known as the Western Wall tunnels."

Why Were Dinosaur-Era Shark Teeth Found in Jerusalem Dig?

80-million-year-old shark teeth discovered in a 2,900-year-old house, nowhere near similar fossils, may have been valued as collectibles.

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