Archeology

Archeology

Archaeologists Discover 2000-Year-Old Unique Complex by the Western Wall

A unique system of underground rooms dating back to 2000 years ago were discovered by a group of archaeologists just adjacent to the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, under the lobby of the Western Wall tunnels in the “Beit Straus” complex.

The rare discovery sheds light on Jewish life in the holy city ahead of the destruction of the…

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Israeli Researchers Unveil Architecture Secrets of ‘World’s Oldest Temple’

For the last quarter of a century, the Neolithic site of Göbekli Tepe in southeast Turkey has been intriguing researchers for the size and complexity of its structure, which dates back about 11,500 years, and has been called the “world’s oldest temple.” Two archaeologists from Tel Aviv University, PhD candidate Gil Haklay and his supervisor, Prof….

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Ancient ‘royal estate’ that served biblical kings unearthed in Israel

Archaeologists uncovered a gigantic complex in northern Israel that they think once served as a rural estate for ancient kings of biblical fame.
The stunning building is in Horvat Tevet, an ancient site just outside modern-day Afula. About 2,900 years ago, archaeologists say, the structure served as a key place for Israelite officials to collect…

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For 1st time since Oslo Accords, Israel announces new West Bank nature reserves

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday approved an announcement of seven new nature reserves in the West Bank, the first time Israel has made such a move since the Oslo Accords were signed with the Palestinian Authority in the 1990s, his office said.

In a statement, Bennett’s office said that alongside the seven new nature reserves — all…

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City of David archaeologists say 2,000-year-old central Jerusalem market found

A rare Second Temple measuring table was recently discovered in the City of David, and it is causing archaeologists to identify an ancient Jerusalem square as the city’s 2,000-year-old central market, according to Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Ari Levy.

In conversation with The Times of Israel on Monday, Levy said the stone table…

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2,000-year-old Hasmonean coins unearthed in Shiloh over Hanukkah

A wet sifting project in ancient Shiloh has led to the discovery of some 20 ancient coins this week as the world marked the final days of Hanukkah.

The find was made by the Associates for Biblical Research, directed by archaeologist Dr. Scott Stripling. It was announced on Monday.

According to Stripling, more than half of the coins date back to…

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Ancient mosaics discovered in Golan strengthen claims of Jewish presence

Colorful mosaic fragments have been uncovered in a site of a rare Roman period synagogue in the Golan Heights, the University of Haifa said in a statement on Monday.

The mosaics unearthed during excavations in the site of Majdulia depict the legs of several animals and birds, although the poor state of preservation does not allow researchers to…

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Pontius Pilate built Jerusalem’s ‘Pilgrimage Road,’ say Israeli archaeologists

Archaeologists now believe that Jerusalem’s “Pilgrimage Road” was built by none other than Pontius Pilate, the infamous Roman governor of Judea.

The ancient road in the City of David, which was preserved under the ashes of the Roman sack of Jerusalem in 70 CE, was used by pilgrims to ascend from the Siloam Pool to the Second Temple, according to…

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Archaeologists uncover 20 ancient coffins in Egypt

CAIRO — Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry said archaeologists have uncovered at least 20 ancient wooden coffins in the southern city of Luxor.

A brief statement from the ministry on Tuesday said archaeologists found the coffins in the Asasif Necropolis. The necropolis, located in the ancient town of West Thebes, includes tombs dating back to the…

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5,000-year-old NYC-style metropolis uncovered in Northern Israel

The ruins of a 5,000-year-old megalopolis were uncovered in northern Israel, the Antiquities Authority announced on Sunday.

The ruins were exposed in a major excavation project in the Ein Assur site near Harish. The city was the largest in the area during the Bronze Age with about 6,000 people inhabiting it, a huge number at the time.

“About the…

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ISRAELI RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY BIBLICAL KINGDOM OF EDOM

The biblical kingdom of Edom has always been a significant puzzle for biblical archaeology. Although evidence is supplied in the Bible, the archaeological record has always had trouble interpreting the text, which said that it existed as a kingdom long before the kings of Israel.

But research has uncovered the untold story of a thriving and…

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Tiny First Temple seal impression found with name of Bible-era royal steward

A minuscule 7th century BCE clay sealing reading “Belonging to Adoniyahu, the Royal Steward,” was recently discovered in the City of David’s sifting project.

In earth excavated from the foundations of the Western Wall under Robinson’s Arch in 2013, a national service volunteer some three weeks ago unearthed the one-centimeter inscribed letter…

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NEW ARCHEOLOGICAL FINDINGS AT GOLIATH’S BIRTHPLACE RECONTEXTUALIZE HISTORY

A new layer to the ancient Philistine city of Gath has been uncovered in an archaeological excavation led by Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University which has the potential to re-contextualize much of biblical history.

Known to historians as part of the Pentapolis of Philistine cities – a group of five cities, consisting of Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gath,…

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Israeli Archaeologists May Have Found Emmaus, Where Jesus Appeared After Crucifixion

Archaeologists have uncovered the massive walls of a 2,200-year-old Hellenistic fortification that may have been built by the Seleucid general who defeated Judah the Maccabee, the famed Jewish leader at the center of the Hanukkah story. In an unexpected twist, the discovery could also help identify the location of the biblical town of Emmaus,…

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Archaeologists unearth the gate to Goliath’s hometown

 

Monumental Iron Age remains from the ancient Philistine city of Gath, once the home of the legendary biblical giant Goliath, surfaced this summer during excavations by a Bar-Ilan University-led team of archaeologists.

Gath, one of the five cities of the ancient foes of the Israelites, was one of the largest cities in the region in the…

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Israel: Large staircase of 3,500 year-old Canaanite palace discovered in Upper Galilee

According to the bible, the biggest Canaanite settlement was razed to the ground by Joshua’s Israelites

A large, impressive ancient staircase from 3,500 years ago was recently discovered in Israel’s Upper Galilee region at an excavation site at Tel Hazor, believed to have been part of the Canaanite kingdom ruled by Hazor, according to the Old…

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A ‘game changer’: Vast, developed 9,000-year-old settlement found near Jerusalem

An unprecedentedly vast Neolithic settlement — the largest ever discovered in Israel and the Levant, say archaeologists — is currently being excavated ahead of highway construction five kilometers from Jerusalem, it was announced on Tuesday.

The 9,000-year-old site, located near the town of Motza, is the “Big Bang” for prehistory settlement…

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Biblical Shikmona reveals its purple-dyed secrets

 

 

The first biblical-era facility for producing prestigious purple-dyed textiles has been uncovered at Tel Shikmona, south of Haifa.

“Until now, there has not been any meaningful direct archeological evidence of workshops for the production of purple-colored textiles from the Iron Age – the biblical period – not even in Tyre and…