Free: NYU Online International Conference on Recent Studies of Ancient Israel

The online conference, titled "The Land that I Will Show You," will run Sunday, October 25, through Wednesday, October 28.

First-Temple 2-Shekel Weight Unearthed Near the Western Wall in Jerusalem

The weight, corresponding to the known measurement unit of two shekalim, was retrieved during the sifting of earthen fills by the City of David sifting project.

Ancient Technology: Israeli Research Finds Hominins Used Fire to Make Stone Tools

The Israeli team found that early humans may have had a good understanding of the effects of heating the stone before flaking it into blades, and they may have used different temperatures to create different types of tools.

Ancient Copper Smelting Workshop Unearthed in Be’er Sheva

The copper vessels that were produced were not useful but had a symbolic significance.

2,000-Year-Old Mikvah in Jezreel Valley Hoisted to Safe Location

On Tuesday this week, to the cheers of local residents, the ancient mikvah was finally lifted in the air and hauled to its new location.

Hebrew U: Modern Scans of Archaeological Finds May Show Traces of Original Dimensions of...

“A sukkah which is not ten tefachs [hand-breadths] tall or does not contain three walls or which has more sun than shade is invalid.” (Mishnah Sukkah, 1:1)

Crusader Era Stables Discovered in Apollonia National Park

A stone shelf was found there which the researchers estimate was used for mangers, as well as tying stones with rock-hewn rings that were probably used to tie horses.

Recently Unearthed Ramban Prayer Available Online and in English for First Time

It was found in a manuscript written just after the Expulsion, which was likely used by Catalonian exiles living in Provence.

Second Temple Era Inkwell Discovered in Gush Etzion

The discovery of the inkwell supports the view that literacy was relatively common among the Jewish population in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple period.

Haifa U: Flourishing Canaanite Palatial Site Suddenly Abandoned 3,700 Years Ago – Now We...

Recognizing past earthquakes can be extremely challenging in the archaeological record, especially at sites where there isn’t much stone masonry and degradable construction materials.

Magnificent Remains of First-Temple Period Palace Discovered under Jerusalem’s Famous Promenade

The magnificent structure—built in the period between King Hezekiah and King Josiah—indicates the restoration of Jerusalem after the Assyrian siege of the city in 701 BCE, during the reign of King Hezekiah.

Waqf Cements Over Ancient Mysterious Pit Discovered on Temple Mount

The Waqf which has destroyed Jewish artifacts on the Temple Mount covered up the hole with cement.

Mystery: New Pit Opens in Temple Mount Floor

The IAA “must conduct an orderly rescue excavation at the site and disclose its contents to the general public.”

425 Pure Gold Coins from 1,100 Years Ago Uncovered in Central Israel

"It is extremely rare to find treasures from the Abbasid period in excavations in Israel – especially gold coins."

Canaanite Fortress from Judges’ Era Uncovered in Excavations near Kiryat Gat

"The stories of the judges in the Bible clearly illustrate the complex geopolitical reality and the struggle for territorial control, during the realignment of the political forces in the Land of Israel. "

400-Year-Old Shopping Mall, Oldest Terror Tunnel in Israel Uncovered in North

Tzfat was considered a major city for commercial and cultural activities with ties to the Jewish communities in Damascus, Aleppo and all Mediterranean cities.

Ancient Soapery Discovered in Archaeological Dig in Israeli Bedouin City

The production of olive oil soap is mentioned in writings since the 10th century CE and has been a significant industry in the region from the Middle Ages and until the early 20th century.

Flint Tools Testifying to Humans Leaving Africa 100,000 Years Ago Discovered in Dimona

"This is the first evidence of a ‘Nubian’ flint industry in an archaeological excavation in Israel."

1,300 Year Old Church featuring Mosaic Floors Uncovered in Lower Galilee

The excavation was conducted prior to the construction of a playground.

Grape Pips Reveal Collapse of Ancient Economy in the Grip of Plague and Climate...

Israeli archaeologists discovered new and compelling evidence for a significant economic downturn on the fringe of the Byzantine Empire in the aftermath of a major pandemic in the mid-6th century CE.

Administrative Storage Center Dated to Kings Hezekiah and Menashe Era Uncovered in Jerusalem

"The archaeological discoveries at Arnona identify the site as the most important in the history of the final days of the Kingdom of Judah and of the return to Zion."

Israel Retrieves Stolen Ancient Baptismal Font, PA Alleges ‘Colonial Plunder’

The 1500-year-old font was stolen by Arab dealers in 2000. In 2002, the local Palestinian Authority (PA) municipality placed it near the mayor’s house, allegedly pending the construction of a museum.

Northern Israel Engravings Offer Glimpse into Ancient Masonry Culture

Hundreds of dolmens have been surveyed in the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights, but to date, the dolmens and the civilization that constructed them have remained a mystery.

Archaeological Evidence Confirms Jerusalem’s Restoration Under Ezra and Nehemiah

Despite the city's dire situation after the destruction, efforts were made to restore the administrative authorities to normal.

How Carmel Cave Rodent Changed Scientists’ Understanding of Human Evolution

The research reveals that the migration from Africa occurred during a period of a global ice age and supports the belief that the adaptations that made humanity the dominant species on Earth appeared early on in our evolution.

Trump’s Deal of the Century Puts Many Israeli Heritage Sites into PA Hands

Hundreds of Israeli and Jewish heritage and archaeology sites in Judea and Samaria would be removed from Israeli control and transferred to the PA.

Hebrew U Archaeologists Map 458 Miles of Great Wall of China

Despite the apparent importance of The Northern Line, its construction is not mentioned in any contemporary documents.

DNA Extracted from Animal Skins Helps Decipher Dead Sea Scrolls Puzzle

"The ancient DNA proves that two copies of Jeremiah, textually different from each other, were brought from outside the Judaean Desert."

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