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The rich mosaic design may be proof that the synagogue was transformed from a place dedicated to learning, to a place of prayer for the entire local community.
Researchers believe the Aurignacian culture first appeared in Europe some 43,000 years ago and produced bone tools, artifacts, jewelry, musical instruments and cave paintings.
"Usha is mentioned in the Jewish sources many times in the Roman and Byzantine periods, as the village where the institution of the Sanhedrin was revived."
"The martyr’s identity is not known, but the exceptional opulence of the structure and its inscriptions indicate that this person was an important figure."
"There is no doubt that this site dramatically changes what we know about the character of the period and the beginning of urbanization in Israel."
Copper, used in ancient times to produce tools and weapons, was the most valuable resource in the Ancient Near East.
IAA representative Nir Distelfeld rushed to the scene and received from Yassin the exciting findings which will be transferred to the state treasury.
A colorful mosaic, with dedication inscriptions and descriptions of baskets with loaves and fish, was exposed at the “Burnt Church” in Hippos.
Seven steps have been exposed to date, but the whole staircase has not yet been completely unearthed, as it continues its climb westward.
The dig also uncovered a horn-shaped edge of a stone altar, dated to the Iron Age, also referred to as the Israelite period, 1200–586 BCE.
This year's excavation uncovered large sections of the bimah, which was originally two stories tall, and was built in the 18th century with a donation from the rich and well-connected Yesod (Yehudah Safra ve-Dayana).
"A small, rural mosque, dated to the 7th to 8th centuries CE, is a rare find anywhere in the world."
In the past it was believed that the Judea area was empty the Neolithic Period (New Stone Age).
The efforts to plug the moat were successful, but the Muslims and the Jews set the siege tower on fire.
In light of the new findings uncovered at the University of Haifa, Prof. Rodríguez is now continuing his quest to unravel the secret of the statuettes.
The great range of complete vessels is testimony to everyday life during the reign of King David.
These genetic results are a critical step toward understanding the long-disputed origins of the Philistines, the research underscored.
The most prestigious clothes in this era were dyed with the famous purple (Hebrew: argaman and techelet), produced from the glands of maritime snails of the Murex snail family.
Activity in the ancient tower ceased on the eve of the expedition of Sennacherib, King of Assyria, in Judah in 701 BCE.
Bar-Ilan University is establishing a unique laboratory featuring equipment that allows for analytical and absolute identification of precious stones found during the excavations.
"Prehistoric man was a natural recycler, as an integral part of his life. We certainly have much to learn from him... "
"The greatest wonder here is that the yeast colonies survived within the vessel for thousands of years—just waiting to be excavated and grown."
"The State of Israel cannot accept this barbarity, and must provide a broad response to this matter."
And so, weighing the destruction of Israeli researchers' careers versus handing them over to the worst enemies of the Jewish State, Justice Baron sides with the criminals.
The Byzantine Negev settlements, which included Avdat, Halutza, Shivta and Nitzana, flourished in the 4-7 centuries CE until their abandonment in the seventh century CE following the Islamic conquest of the Land of Israel.
Since the road was built many years before the emperor's time, the researchers assume that the name of Maximinus Thrax suggests extensive renovation work that was carried out during his rule.
The emperor Theodosius II abolished the post of the ‘Nasi’, the Prince of the Sanhedrin Council.
The excavation discovered for the first time evidence of Jewish daily life in the ancient city.
The name Nathan-Melech appears once in the Bible, in the second book of Kings 23:11, where he is described as an official in the court of King Josiah, who took part in the religious reform that the king was implementing.