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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.

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."

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.

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."

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."

Tel Ashkelon National Park to Display Remains of Magnificent Roman Basilica

The Roman Basilica complex, the largest of its kind in the country, was unearthed in Israel Antiquities Authority archaeological excavations.

40 Years after Discovery, IAA Receives Ancient Amulet Bearing the Sacred Tetragrammaton

Tova Haviv, the moshav Arbel member who discovered the object passed away recently and his family donated it to the National Treasures Center.

‘Lucky’ Bronze Oil Lamp Uncovered in City of David’s Pilgrimage Road Excavations

The first discovery of its kind in Jerusalem and one of the few in the world.

4th Century Mosaic Uncovered in Yavne Excavations

During the work, the site will be open to the public, enabling visitors to watch the conservation process and the gradual uncovering of the mosaic floor.

Tel Aviv U Researchers: Contrary to Earlier Views, Stone Age Humans Were Huge Meat...

Comparing humans to the large social predators of today that obtain more than 70% of their energy from animal sources, reinforced the conclusion that humans were hypercarnivores.

Major Repairs Safeguard King Herod’s Tower for Future Generations of Passover Pilgrims

Major cracks in King Herod’s Phasael Tower being repaired to lessen risk of collapse.

Judaean Desert Dig Yields fragments of Biblical Scroll, Millennia-Old Child’s Skeleton, and World’s Oldest...

The scroll, which is written in Greek, includes portions of the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets, including the books of Zechariah and Nahum.

One of the World’s Oldest Megillat Esthers Comes Home

According to experts, there are very few extant Esther scrolls from the medieval period in general, and from the fifteenth century in particular.

Ancient Western Wall Stones Protected by Preservative Injections Ahead of Passover Prayers

“The Western Wall is a unique ecological environment that supports its own life forms.”

Two 1,800-Year-Old Sarcophagi Discovered in Ramat Gan Zoo

The wealthy owners of the sarcophagi, buried with their personal artifacts, had no idea that the coffins would find a place of honor alongside giraffes, elephants, and a bird nursery.

IDF Soldier Finds, Returns 2nd Century Coin from Mt. Carmel

The find was reported to the National Treasures Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority and the soldier received a certificate of appreciation for good citizenship.

Oldest Evidence of Growing Olives for Food Discovered under Haifa’s Sea

Olives are a key component of the human diet, culinary culture, and economy of the Mediterranean region.

Israeli Archaeologists Offer Glimpse into King David and King Solomon’s Wardrobe

"The color immediately attracted our attention, but it was hard to believe we had found true purple from such an ancient era.”

ID Tags Worn by Children in Sobibor Death Camp in Poland Unearthed

Yoram Haimi, Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist: “I have been excavating this site for ten years, but today I broke down.”

1,500-Year-Old Christian Inscription Discovered in Jezreel Valley

Engraved in stone, the Greek inscription is part of a lintel originally set in the frame of a church entrance from the late Byzantine period.

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