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Ancient Text May Have Been Written in Hebrew

This might be the earliest example of written Hebrew found to date.

1,700-Year-Old Gravestones of Unknown Rabbis Uncovered in Northern Israel

More evidence of ancient Jewish presence in the Land of Israel: 1,700-year-old gravestones uncovered.

Haifa U. Reveals Role of Pigeons in Turning the Negev Green 1,500 Years Ago

A new study at the University of Haifa shows the first archaeological evidence of the role of pigeons in Byzantine agriculture in the Negev: reclamation and fertilization of vineyards and orchards.

Canaanite Ritual Stone Discovered in Northern Israel

Researchers were able to establish that this was later a place of Jewish dwellers.

Second Temple Era Military Outpost Discovered, Possibly Destroyed By Alexander the Great

Both the town and the tower were destroyed in a violent fashion. A layer of ash shows they were burnt.

Tomb Raiders Caught Red-Handed in Northern Israel

Three grave robbers were caught as they were raiding a burial cave excavation in northern Israel, stealing precious artifacts.

Stunning Synagogue Discovered in Huqoq

A monumental synagogue building dating to the Late Roman period (ca. 4th-5th centuries C.E.) has been uncovered in archaeological excavations at the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq in Israel's Galilee.

Jewish Money in the Civil War to be Shown in Jerusalem

Two rare 150-year-old tokens issued by a kosher restaurant from the U.S. civil war period are to be shown this week in Jerusalem.

Rare Roman Gold Coin Found in Jerusalem Dig

The coin probably came from one of the rich 2000-year old Jewish dwellings which the UNC Charlotte team have been uncovering at the site.

Fake History: US Bible Museum Says Five Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Are Forgeries

The tests were ordered on the request of several biblical scholars who examined 13 of the museum's fragments said and noted there was a "high probability" that at lest some of them were modern forgeries.

Ancient Burial Complex Exposed in Works on New Tiberias Neighborhood

Rare burial complex may throw new light on life in Tiberias in the Roman period, 2,000 years ago.

Hamas Bulldozes UN Heritage Site for Terrorist Training Grounds

After Israel threw out Jews from Gaza and gave greenhouses to the Palestinian Authority to prosper, the PA turned them into terror training camps. Now Hamas does the same at a World Heritage site.

Israel: Okay to Demolish 30 Illegal Structures in “Arab” Susiya

As the US and EU double down on Israel, the state says it can take down 30 illegal shacks in Arab Susiya, but won't decide yet.

First Temple Era Document Mentioning ‘Jerusalem’ Revealed [video]

In a complex enforcement operation, IAA inspectors seized a papyrus with the earliest reference to Jerusalem in an extra-biblical document, dating back to the time of the Kingdom of Judah.

4,000 Years Old Mysterious Tomb with Rock Art Exposed in Upper Galilee

What makes this dolmen so unique is its huge dimensions, the structure surrounding it and, most importantly, the artistic decorations engraved in its ceiling.

Rothschild Foundation Investing $27 Million in Caesarea’s Hidden Treasures, Past and Present

The project is being implemented as part of realizing the vision of 3 million tourists in Caesarea by the year 2030, and is becoming an important tourist-economic anchor for the residents of the region.

Israel’s 5-Year Upgrade Plan for Western Wall

Israel's new government has approved a five-year plan to upgrade and develop the area around the Western Wall.

Kibbutznik Laurie Rimon Turns In Extremely Rare Roman Gold Coin

In the near future the IAA will award Laurie a certificate of appreciation for her good citizenship.

Report: European Union-Funded Arab School Built in Heart of Hebron Hills Archaeological Site

"Construction of a school on a protected archaeological site, with EU funding, is a gross and blatant violation of the High Court's decision, as well as a violation of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage."

Hiking Woman Finds 1,700-Year-Old Stone Busts

"The discovery of the busts fills in another piece of the puzzle in our understanding of the material culture of the people of this land in the past."

Arabs Ignoring High Court Ruling, Dumping Artifacts off Temple Mount

The Waqf, a Jordanian Muslim religious body entrusted with the management of the Temple Mount, has been renovating the site for years.

Rare Dead Sea Scroll on Display in Jerusalem

In order to protect the scroll, which is indescribably fragile, it has been encased in a special "smart glass" viewing box that minimizes exposure to light.

Baylor University Group Helps Unearth Ancient Mosaics, Coins, in Israeli Synagogue Ruins

Images portray Noah’s ark and animals, chaotic parting of Red Sea

The Oldest Hebrew Script and Language

Epigraphy scholar Christopher Rollston examined four contenders for the oldest Hebrew inscription – the Qeiyafa Ostracon, Gezer Calendar, Tel Zayit Abecedary and Izbet Zayit Abecedary – to explore the interplay between early Hebrew script and language.

Impressive Farmstead, Ancient Monastery, Colorful Mosaics Exposed at Rosh Ha’Ayin

The remains of an ancient monastery, colorful mosaics and a farmstead are uncovered in Rosh Ha'Ayin.

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