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.
"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."
The exhibition showcases some 600 artifacts unearthed in archaeological excavations in Israel, dating from the biblical period to the end of the Bar-Kokhba Revolt, including a 3-ton stone from the Western Wall.
The gardener Dekel Ben-Shitrit, who gave the unusual object to the National Treasures Department, will receive a good citizenship certificate from the Israel Antiquities Authority National Treasure Department.
At about a half-inch wide, the oval-shaped bulla is inscribed in ancient Hebrew script with the name Yesha'yah (the Hebrew name of Isaiah), followed by the word nvy (prophet).
The mosaic was uncovered as part of the largest conservation and reconstruction project ever undertaken in Israel, made possible by a with an investment of close to $30 million by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation.
“Graves that have stood the test of time for 4,000 years are now about to be destroyed.”
Pools and an elaborate fountain dating back 1500 years, a capital typical of First Temple-era royal estates, and a rare and ancient silver coin among the finds.
The temple was among the most important ancient monuments built by the Arameans in the first millennium BCE. It's not clear why Turkey destroyed it.
Discovery of jawbone pushes back history of Homo sapiens migration by at least 50,000 years.
The Qumran calendar used a 364-day system, perfectly divided into 4 and 7, with each holiday falling on the same day of the week each year.
"We uncovered large amounts of small mammalian remains (rodents and insectivores) within agricultural installations built near fields, providing a new line of evidence for reconstructing anthropogenic impact on local habitats."
“it’s hard to believe that between Jaljulia and Highway 6, five meters below the surface, an ancient landscape some half a million years old has been so amazingly preserved."
"In the register beneath the double line is an inscription in ancient Hebrew: 'LESARAR,' with no spacing between the words and no definite article. It denotes 'Lesar Ha'Ir,' meaning 'belonging to the governor of the city.'"
The most fascinating finding in this context is a trove of 24-karat gold buckles and an amulet against indigestion.
Colored mosaic floors and imported marble artifacts were found.
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.
Two stone incense altars were discovered in one of the rooms. One of them, bearing the carved image of a bull, is depicted as standing in what is apparently the façade of a temple adorned with magnificent columns.
The dig uncovered a remarkable mosaic, with a four-line commemoration inscription in Greek dedicated to the structure’s builders.
"The lioness statue is completely whole, starting with the short mane, the big fangs, the tongue sticking out and even the carved tail along the hind legs."
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.
"The Jewish nation continuously votes in favor of the continuation of the Jewish settlement in Hebron."
"The scope of the robbery is disturbing... It is impossible to know what treasures are disappearing out there every night."
The TAU team dug up the remains of the skeleton several hundred feet from an Egyptian temple, suggesting she may have been a musician or a singer.
Construction of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Archaeological Center is underway to display world-class archaeological finds inside a modern complex.