Resources for Schools - News

Resources for Schools - News


Archaeology news and relevant current research about Ancient Israel and its neighbours.

Daily or weekly news compilation sites 

Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia

Offers a program of on-line lectures on biblical archaeology and related subscription

Science Daily 

Source for latest research in many areas…good cross-over of various disciplines in the  Sciences and Archaeology

Archaeology Rocks 

A facebook page updated regularly with archaeology news from around the world, including good posts on discoveries from Israel. 

Bible History Daily 

Biblical Archaeology Society.  
Daily News for discoveries from the Holy Land 

Bible Archaeology News 2016 

Recent discoveries and latest news 

Ancient News: The Modern Scholarship of the Ancient World 

Archaeology: A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America

Latest News

October 2016

Temple Mount Sifting Project

Archaeology and politics in Jerusalem…responses to UNESCO resolution concerning the Temple Mount

Recent work at Megiddo

Archaeography of “Holy Land”

David & Goliath…something for the iconoclasts

3-D Pompeii

Unique Mycenaean discovery near Pylos

Discovery of ornamental garden at Petra

New discoveries at Philistine Gath

Water resources and the human colonisation of Australia

First temple era gate found at Lachish

Toilet uncovered at Lachish

September 2016

Virtual Unwrapping…reading the scroll from En-Gedi.

Discovery of artefact from Second Temple,7340,L-4854160,00.html

Roman frescos in Galilee

Marble “Venus” found at Petra

Rare Roman Coin found in Jerusalem

DNA testing confirms antiquity of Indigenous Australia

Indigenous Art

5000 year old "houses " found in northern Australia

Archaeology and modern politics?

August 2016

Roman era mosaic from Israel

Roman artefacts from Caesarea

Bronze Age discovery in Israel

Ancient irrigation system in Israel

Earliest "paleo" diet?

July 2016

Ancient ceramic "factory" in Israel

Biblical scenes in ancient mosaic

Significant Egyptian statue discovered at Tel Hazor

DNA study identifies origins of early farmers in the Near East

Dendrochronology used to update chronology of the ancient Near East

Atomic physics may hold key to reading "scrolls" from the Villa of the Papyri

Ptolemaic "underwater" City

Philistine Graveyard discovered in Israel

June 2016

Vampire graves in Poland

Pompeii skeletons

Medieval Foundry for weapons manufacture

USA conservation issues

Petra “mystery”

Attalid tombs?

Coin hoard

Recovery of site from Jewish rebellion

The driver of a Norwegian Embassy car was caught trying to smuggle ten kilograms of antiquities out of Israel. 

Israel Tax Authority agents stymied an apparent attempt to smuggle ten kilograms of antiquities into Jordan at the Allenby Bridge Crossing. The antiquities, consisting of statues and coins, were hidden in a Mercedes vehicle belonging to the Norwegian embassy. Customs investigators searched the vehicle and found the antiquities stored in packaged cartons that were hidden in the vehicle’s side compartments. 

Bar Kochba Rebels’ Caves  

Archaeologists conclude 3-week excavation of the Judean Desert’s Cave of the Skulls, the largest undertaking of its kind in 60 years. This is where Judean rebels and refugees hid during the revolt against the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago 

May 2016

Divers in Caesarea find largest treasure of gold coins ever discovered in Israel 

The largest collection of gold coins yet discovered in Israel was found in recent weeks on the seabed in the ancient harbor in Caesarea National Park…. A group of divers reported the find to the Antiquities Authority whose officials then went with the divers to the location with a metal detector and uncovered almost 2,000 gold coins from the Fatimid period (11th century CE). 

Divers Unearth Largest Gold Discovery Ever Found in Israel (movie clip of the discovery) 

Rare Egyptian amulet bearing the name of Pharaoh Thutmose III dating to 13th century BCE found in Jerusalem. 

A rare amulet, more than 3,200 years old, bearing the name of the Egyptian ruler Thutmose III, Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty who reigned from 1479 – 1425 BCE, was discovered at the Temple Mount Sifting Project located in Jerusalem’s Tzurim Valley National Park within earth discarded from the Temple Mount. It was discovered by a young girl taking part in dig with her family and was only recently deciphered by archaeologists. 


#Stop Antiquities Theft: If Israel can do, so can India 

To stop the blight of antiquities theft in Israel, Antiquities Authority has made a new rule for the antiquities dealers. The registered dealers need to register their artifacts in a digital database so that theft of antiquities can be avoided in Israel.

A Rare Scarab Seal has Been Found at Tel Dor on Israel’s Carmel Coast. It belongs to a senior Egyptian official of the Thirteenth Pharaonic Dynasty (the 18th- 17th centuries BCE).  Prof. Ayelet Gilboa from the Department of Archeology at the University of Haifa is heading the excavations at Tel Dor together with Prof. Ilan Sharon from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, who commented “The owner of this scarab filled a similar position to that held by Joseph in Egypt after he interpreted Pharaoh's dreams”.

3600-year-old Swedish Axes Were Made With Copper From Cyprus
Ancient rock carvings in Sweden evidently aren't of local boats but show ships bringing the metal from the Levant.

Archaeologists Find the Last Hideout of the Jewish Revolt in Jerusalem
Titus' soldiers ripped paving stones out of the street to find the last rebels 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists think they have found those hiding places.

April 2016 

Rare Egyptian amulet bearing the name of Pharaoh Thutmose III dating to 13th century BCE found in Jerusalem.

A rare amulet, more than 3,200 years old, bearing the name of the Egyptian ruler Thutmose III, Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty who reigned from 1479 – 1425 BCE, was discovered at the Temple Mount Sifting Project located in Jerusalem’s Tzurim Valley National Park within earth discarded from the Temple Mount. It was discovered by a young girl taking part in dig with her family and was only recently deciphered by archaeologists.

Galilee Glass Kilns Prove Ancient Israel’s Manufacturing Prowess 

Site is thought to be a center for making 'Judean glass,' known and sold throughout the Roman Empire. 

Amazing discovery shows ancient Israel was global glass producer 

Oldest-ever glass kilns found in Israel unearthed near Mount Carmel, shed light on how 'Judean Glass' spread across Roman Empire. 

Bible breakthrough found in Israel 

In 586BC the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar seized Jerusalem and laid waste to it as only an Old Testament tyrant can… The destruction was so thorough that scholars are still divided over a fundamental question: before it was wiped off the map, did the Ancient Jewish kingdom actually get around to writing down any of the Bible? 

New look at ancient shards suggests Bible even older than thought 

Handwriting analysis of 2,600-year-old Hebrew texts indicate literacy in Kingdom of Judah widespread before exile, suggesting seminal text could have been written then. High-tech handwriting analysis of First Temple period writings inscribed on pottery shards (ostraca) indicates the Bible may have been written earlier than some scholars believe, Tel Aviv University researchers have found. 

Second Temple period bronze implements discovered in Magdala excavations 

​Excavations at Magdala, hometown of the New Testament’s Mary Magdalene on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, have uncovered a 2,000-year-old decorated bronze incense shovel and a bronze jug. Volunteers from Chile, Mexico, Italy and Spain came to Magdala in order to help and continue the excavations at the site. A decorated bronze incense shovel (used for transferring embers from place to place) and a bronze jug were recently uncovered. 

Were Hebrews Ever Slaves in Ancient Egypt? Yes 

Ancient Egypt had intimate relations with Canaan, and most of the Semitic peoples migrating there would have been Canaanite. But not all. 

March 2016 

Jesus Discovered in Dead Sea Scrolls 

Blog by Simcha Jacobovici: “I believe my investigation sheds new light on The Dead Sea Scrolls, which are arguably the most famous archaeological artifacts ever found.” 

Israeli Hiker Finds Rare Ancient Roman Coin 

A rare ancient Roman coin minted by Trajan — the second of its kind now known to exist — has been found in Israel by a hiker, authorities said Monday. The coin bears the portrait of the emperor Augustus on one side, and the symbols of the Roman legions next to the name of the ruler Trajan on the other. 

Givati Parking Lot Dig Unearths Rare Seal of a Woman 

Two First Temple period seals were discovered in the Givati Parking Lot excavations in Jerusalem. One seal belonged to a woman named Elihana bat Gael. 

Pharaoh in Canaan: The Untold Story 

Exhibition Exploring Cross-Cultural Dialogue between Ancient Egypt and Canaan.  
Opens March 2016 at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Feb 2016 

3,000-Year-Old Textiles Discovered in Israel. 

Scientists have uncovered an extensive fabric collection from the era of Kings David and Solomon in an ancient copper mine located deep in Israel’s Arava Valley. 

Boy finds ancient figurine during Beit She’an outing 

3,400 year-old-statue given to Israel Antiquities Authority, which awards 7-year-old Uri Grinhot with a certificate and visit at school. 

New Digital Tools Developed for the Dead Sea Scrolls 

I Spy: A 3,500-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Scarab 

Ancient Egypt Scarab inscribed with the name of Thutmose III discovered by hiker in the Galilee 

Jan 2016 

Israeli Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Inscriptions in Jesus' Language 

Israeli high court says antiquities dealers must document all artefacts online

3,400-year-old Canaanite fort to be incorporated into modern high-rise building 

An Ancient Canaanite fortress dating to the time of Joshua and the conquest of Canaan was discovered in Nahariya. Among the remains are pottery, bronze weaponry and a wine cellar. 


Jerusalem Excavation Reveals 2,700-Year-Old Seal of Israelite King 
Seal impression of King Hezekiah unearthed in the Ophel excavations. 

Hebrew University Archaeologists find prehistoric Village 

Recent Ancient Discoveries Under the Western Wall 

Jerusalem was inhabited as far back as 7000 years ago archaeologists find 

Israeli archaeologists unearth unique stepped structure and podium in City of David, Jerusalem 

Temple Sifting Project: Dumped Temple Mount Rubble Yields Jewish Artifacts 

Rare 3,000-year-old King David era seal discovered by Temple Mount Sifting Project 

400,000-year-old dental tartar provides earliest evidence of human-made pollution 

Researchers have uncovered evidence of food and potential respiratory irritants entrapped in the dental tartar of 400,000-year-old teeth at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, the site of many major discoveries from the late Lower Paleolithic period. The research provides direct evidence of what early Palaeolithic people ate and the quality of the air they breathed inside Qesem Cave. 

Macquarie honour for Israeli professor 

Remains of the city wall of the Philistine city of Gath 
Recent discoveries from the Tel es-Safi excavation 

Ancient farmstead and monastery exposed in Rosh Ha-‘Ayin 

2,200-year-old bronze Duck-Shaped Incense Shovel Found in Israel 

55,000-Year-Old Skull Fragment Found in Israel 

Clues from the time the first modern humans moved out of Africa and into Europe through the Levant.

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