Bar Ilan Expanding into Archaeological Gemology

Bar-Ilan University is establishing a unique laboratory featuring equipment that allows for analytical and absolute identification of precious stones found during the excavations.

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.

Mount of Olives Trees Are World’s Oldest

Tests conducted on olive trees on Jerusalem's historic Mount of Olives are the oldest known trees in the world, according to a study released on Friday conducted by the National Research Council of Italy Trees and Timber Institute.

King David Era Fortified Complex Discovered on Golan Heights

“The complex we exposed was built at a strategic location on the small hilltop, above the El-Al canyon, overlooking the region, at a spot where it was possible to cross the river."
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One Thousand Year Old Eggplant Discovered in Israel

The earliest evidence of the arrival of eggplants in this Israel has come to light in the City of David, the archeological site of ancient Jerusalem: A 1,100-year-old refuse pit found in Israel Antiquities Authority excavations in the Jerusalem Walls National Park reveals dietary habits in the Early Islamic period.

Archaeologists Identify Location of Roman Ballista that Penetrated Jerusalem’s Wall in 70 CE

The exposed Roman arsenal includes hundreds of ballista stones that were launched using sophisticated machines to a distance of 100–400 yards.

IDF Machinery Destroys Ancient Artifacts, Graves at Netiv Ha’Avot

“Graves that have stood the test of time for 4,000 years are now about to be destroyed.”

Storm Cuts Byzantine Wall in Half

Palmachim Beach is one of the few remaining stretches of a wild coastline in the center of Israel.

Haifa Girl Finds Chanukah-era Candle Holder During Pre-Holiday Hike

For 7-year-old Hadas Goldberg-Kedar and her mother, Ayelet, last week turned into an opportunity to remember Chanukah in a more unique way than usual.

Dry Bones Describe the Rise and Fall of the Byzantine Negev

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.

Section of 1,800-Year-Old Road Discovered in Jerusalem

Greetings from the Roman Empire! Thanks to the need to install a new drainage pipe, archaeologists have dug up for the first time a well-preserved section of an ancient road in the capital.

Archaeologists Find Largest, Oldest Near East Wine Cellar in Israel

The Land of Milk and Honey also is the Land of Wine, not only today with wines that have won world prizes but also 3,700 years ago, according to a new discovery by a US-led archaeological team.

Seal Bearing Name of King Josiah’s Court Official Uncovered in City of David

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.

TAU Archaeologists Show Early Humans Understood Space Heating, Smoke Control

Findings indicate that early humans controlled fire and placed their hearth at the optimal location in the cave.

Archaeologists Find 2,000-Year-Old Evidence of Siege in Jerusalem

History records the siege of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, but archaeologists never have found evidence of the famine that plagued Jews – until now.

No Faux UNESCO ‘Heritage Committee’ Can Sever Our Bonds With Jerusalem

“Nothing is more disgraceful than UNESCO declaring the world’s only Jewish state the ‘occupier’ of the Western Wall and Jerusalem’s Old City."

New Discoveries in Ancient Jewish Settlement Uncovered in Hebron

In the Second Temple period Jewish settlement found in Hebron, linking the old and the new, an ancient Hebrew stamp saying "KIng of Hebron" was also found.

Rare Mosaic Discovered in Roman Period Golan Synagogue

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.

Oldest Set of 10 Commandments Showing in Israel

The oldest copy of the Ten Commandments in the world is on display at Israel's national museum.

Galilee Excavation Reveals 2,000 Year-Old Stone Vessel Workshop

The discovery provides fascinating evidence of the central place of ritual purity in the daily lives of Galilean Jews during the time of the Second Temple.

Bored With Snow? Trek the Israel National Trail With Google Street View!

Trekkers unable to hike the Israel National Trail no longer need mourn their plight: it's now on Google Street View.

TAU Algorithm Shows Biblical Samaria Inscriptions Were Written by Just Two Palace Officials

"The two appear to have been working during the same years, received shipments from the same places and handled the same types of goods."

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.

Matching Half of Roman-Era Oil Lamp Unearthed in Jerusalem Possibly Found in Budapest

“It is likely that the two halves of the lamps were created in the same artisan house and may even have served as a pair to one complete piece,” says Hungarian archaeologist Gabor Lassanyi.

Ashdod Police Find 1,500-Year-Old Byzantine Pillar on the Beach

Officers Itai Dabush and Sagiv Ben Gigi were patrolling the Ashdod beach and ran into the pillar that was sticking out of the dunes.

Israeli Lifeguard Discovers 900 Year Old Oil Lamp During Beach Run

The ancient oil lamp is dated to the 12th century AD (early Crusader period).

Ancient Glass-Works Prove Israel Was World Glass Production Center

Judean glass was a light green color and less expensive than Egyptian glass.But where were the centers that manufactured this Judean glass?

Arab Looters Use Pandemic Lull in Law Enforcement to Rob Ancient Treasures

COGAT's enforcement activity was cut to only 30% in the wake of the pandemic, and as a result, grave robbers and treasure hunters have been roaming unmolested throughout the ancient sites of Judea and Samaria.

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