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Archaeology news and relevant current research about Ancient Israel and its neighbours.
July - August 2018
Roots of the popular Mediterranean diet reached 7,500-years-ago, according to new archaeological evidence found at the prehistoric settlement of Tel Tsaf, in Israel’s Jordan Valley. Archaeologists have recently discovered remains of foodstuffs, consisting mainly of beans, olives, wheat, barley and domesticated meat. The remains of the meat were uncovered in a barbecue pit during the 2018 summer dig season. According to Prof. Danny Rosenberg of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa, this “barbecue” may be evidence of communal festive events in which the meat was roasted.
SAFED, ISRAEL—According to a Haaretz report, two intact amphoras estimated to be more than 2,000 years old have been recovered from a tiny cliffside cave in northern Israel. Speleologist Yinon Shivtiel of Safed Academic College was surveying caves in the Galilee that may have been used by Jewish rebels hiding from Roman soldiers during the Great Jewish Revolt between A.D. 66 and 70 when he saw the jars. Based on the jars' shape, however, Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists believe they date to an earlier period. Other storage jars, a bowl, two juglets, and broken pieces of pottery were also found. “Considering that cooking and serving vessels were found, it would appear that those who brought them planned to live there for a while,” said archaeologist Danny Syon. But the small cave, located 100 feet up a sheer cliff above the ground, would have been hard to access. Shivtiel speculates that whoever went to the effort to use the cave must have been hiding food there while living somewhere else. “We have no theory on their identity at this point,” Shivtiel said.
Archaeologists have uncovered the entrance gate to the biblical city of Zer during excavations carried out in the Golan Heights over the past two weeks, the Golan Regional Council said Sunday. In recent days, and after a year of recess, a group of 20 archaeologists from all over the world, together with director of the Bethsaida Project, Dr. Rami Arav, and under the auspices of the Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem, conducted new excavations in two different areas of Bethsaida. The ancient fishing village is mentioned several times in the New Testament as a city where Jesus lived and where he miraculously fed a multitude of people with five loaves and two fish.
For an analysis of the gate's possible connection to the Biblical King David, see:
An extensive excavation carried out over the past year and a half by the Israel Antiquities Authority north of Gedera, near Rehovot, exposed a large-scale, ancient industrial site comprising an intriguing recreational area. The excavation revealed a pottery factory that manufactured large storage jars in the Roman and Byzantine periods—between the third and the seventh centuries CE. In the factory, a room with game boards hewn out of the bedrock, and a complex of 20 hot and cold pools, raised the archaeologists’ curiosity.
An ancient depiction of Moses' scouts in Canaan has been discovered in an "unparalleled" house of worship in Israel. Noah's ark, the splitting of the Red Sea, perhaps even a visit from Alexander the Great: Since 2012, these colorful scenes have slowly emerged as archaeologists excavate the elaborate mosaic floor of a 1,500-year-old synagogue in Israel's Lower Galilee region. The latest scene-stealer? Moses' spies. The mosaic scene, which depicts two men carrying a pole laden with grapes, was recently discovered during the ongoing investigations at Huqoq, the site of the synagogue excavation, according a release issued today by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. An inscription in Hebrew above the men reads “a pole between two”—a reference to the biblical passage Numbers 13:23.
Another spectacular mosaic has been found in the city of Lod while doing groundworks for a museum to house the spectacular mosaics already found there in previous years. The mosaic was found in a late Roman-era house dating to about 1,700 years ago. The sheer quality of the stonework indicates the owner was extravagantly wealthy. “The villa included a large, luxurious mosaic-paved reception room triclinium and an internal columned courtyard, also with mosaics, and a water system,” says archaeologist Amir Gorzalczany, the director of the present excavation. In fact, this is the third mosaic discovery in this structure – which, in embarrassing contrast to modern construction, seems to have existed for centuries.
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A magnificent Roman-era burial cave was fortuitously found in the northern Israeli city of Tiberias when a contractor clearing ground for a new neighborhood realized the significance of the void his bulldozer almost fell into, and immediately called in the Israel Antiquities Authority. The underground mausoleum unearthed this month is between 1,900 to 2,000 years old, judging by the architectural style.
Students from schools in the Lev Hasharon Regional Council helping on an archaeological dig on the Sharon plain have unearthed an ancient coin dating back to the year 300 C.E., among other finds.
A rare clay Arabic amulet unearthed by archaeologists in the last days of Ramadan brings an unexpected 1,000-year-old blessing from Allah. Discovered last week in the City of David’s Givati Parking Lot excavations near the Old City of Jerusalem, the minuscule 1-centimeter Arabic-inscribed piece of clay bears an unusual two-line personal prayer that reads, “Kareem Trusts in Allah; Lord of the Worlds is Allah.”
An enigmatic sculpture of a head dating back nearly 3,000 years has set off a modern-day mystery caper as scholars try to figure out whose face it depicts. Some believe it likely to show a king, though there is no proof. The 5-centimeter sculpture is an exceedingly rare example of figurative art from the Holy Land during the 9th century B.C.E., — a period associated with biblical kings. Exquisitely preserved but for a bit of missing beard, nothing like it has been found before.
For analysis and interpretation, see:
Israeli archaeologists find 2,700-year-old 'governor of Jerusalem' seal impression
The impression, the size of a small coin, depicts two standing men, facing each other in a mirror-like manner and wearing striped garments reaching down to their knees. It was unearthed near the plaza of Judaism’s Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Israeli archaeologists unearth pregnant woman’s remains at ancient copper mines
In a find that has taken their field by surprise, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed the 3,200-year-old remains of a pregnant woman at the ancient copper mines in southern Israel’s Timna Valley.
Israeli archaeologists unearth pregnant woman’s remains at ancient copper mines. In a find that has taken their field by surprise, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed the 3,200-year-old remains of a pregnant woman at the ancient copper mines in southern Israel’s Timna Valley.
Massive section of Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years. Sought for 150 years, the remarkable discovery of the small theater changes archaeologists' perceptions of Roman-conquered Jerusalem after the fall of the Second Temple.
Babylonian Trigonometry Table: The World’s Oldest? A new interpretation of Babylonian math
Kingdom of Israel…asking new questions of old data
ANE “Game of Thrones”…apologia
Silk textiles in Southern Levant
Gihon Spring tower dated
Palaeolithic hunting in Israel
Were the Philistines 'local' to ANE?
Evidence of Babylonian destruction from City of David
Water system at Ha’Ayn
Last refuge of rebels in Jerusalem
Apologia of ANE Kings…David and ish-Baal
The Second Temple menorah
New finds suggest Second Temple priests who fled Romans kept up holy rituals in the Galilee.
School students excavating. They discover a 900 year old Crusader jewelry trove.
Computer games and archaeology
A Late Bronze Age discussion starter…asking new questions of old data
Finds from “monarchy” period at Tel Motza
Solomonic Ruins at Gezer
Dead Sea Scrolls
Bronze Age destruction of Khirbet-el-Batrawy
Philistines and pork
Final excavation report on First Jewish Revolt site at Gamla
Machine translation technology developing for cuneiform texts
Evidence of tsunami impact in ancient Israel
Evidence of Second temple
Story of a Bronze Age Syrian refugee
Temple Mount Sifting Project threatened
Ancient Israel in 3-D
Legal papyri from “The Cave of the Letters” at Wadi Hever
Previously unknown Governor of Judea
Caesarea Harbour Entry
The Epic of Gilgamesh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=6JrOkT6VYKA (Use with care XX version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd7MrGy_tEg (first 60 minutes)
(Ensure that students are careful if sent to Youtube…there are numerous offerings re the ‘alien’ origins of humans)
Dead Sea Scrolls
The search for David
Plans to renovate harbour at Caesarea
Second Arch of Titus
Ancient dolmen in Golan
A guide to Babylonian demons
A response to Proto-Sinaitic alphabet link
Life of Jesus
King Solomon and the Passover
More from Temple Mount "sifting"
Possible new site in Iran
Efforts to protect artefacts against theft in Syria
Evidence of life of early Christians
Hebrew linked to Proto-Sinaitic alphabet
Archival footage of Nineveh...1920s and 1930s excavations
Encoding archaeological data...Youtube slide presentation
King Solomon's Mines
Dead Sea Scrolls in USA...real or forgeries?
Nimrud under threat!
Ancient Assyrian Tomb discovered in Iraq
Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Available for Free
Dead Sea Scrolls reviewed after 70 years
1177 BCE...crisis in the Ancient near East...video lecture
Lachish...resources and links
Crusader shipwreck off Israel
Ancient road discovered at Bet Shemesh
Ancient Rock Art in Galilee
Youtube movies about Biblical-Judaean coins…six in all
Best finds from 2016
Significant ancient inscription found at Peki’in
Archaeology and politics on the West Bank
New Masada expedition
Roman fortifications unearthed at Beth-She’arim
More Dead Sea Scrolls?
New discoveries at Hippos-Sussita near Sea of Galilee
Copper smelting at Early Israel site
Roman theatre in Golan Heights
View old City of Jerusalem
Second temple era engravings in Judean hills
Herodian road may be clue to revolt
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Bible History Daily
Biblical Archaeology Society.
Daily News for discoveries from the Holy Land
Bible Archaeology News
Recent discoveries and latest news
Source for latest research in many areas…good cross-over of various disciplines in the Sciences and Archaeology
A facebook page updated regularly with archaeology news from around the world, including good posts on discoveries from Israel.
Ancient News: The Modern Scholarship of the Ancient World
Archaeology: A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
Mosaic found at Jericho
Unique ceramic vessel found in Israel.
Reconstruction of Herodian "tiles"
Early version of Decalogue on stone for sale
More on the Dome of the Rock and the Temple in Jerusalem
Impressive discovery at Tel Hazor
Treasure discovered at Tel Gezer
Destruction layer found at citadel of Khirbet al-Batrawy
Rare early Islamic gold coin found in Galilee
Discovery of papyrus...early reference to Jerusalem...and rebuttal.
Lachish...update on First Temple era gate...reference to new visitors' centre
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
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
Virtual Unwrapping…reading the scroll from En-Gedi.
Discovery of artefact from Second Temple
Roman frescos in Galilee
Marble “Venus” found at Petra
Rare Roman Coin found in Jerusalem
DNA testing confirms antiquity of Indigenous Australia
5000 year old "houses " found in northern Australia
Archaeology and modern politics?
Roman era mosaic from Israel
Roman artefacts from Caesarea
Bronze Age discovery in Israel
Ancient irrigation system in Israel
Earliest "paleo" diet?
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
Vampire graves in Poland
Medieval Foundry for weapons manufacture
USA conservation issues
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.
Bar Kochba Rebels’ Caves
Divers in Caesarea find largest treasure of gold coins ever discovered in Israel
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.
#Stop Antiquities Theft: If Israel can do, so can India
Rare Egyptian amulet bearing the name of Pharaoh Thutmose III dating to 13th century BCE found in Jerusalem.
Galilee Glass Kilns Prove Ancient Israel’s Manufacturing Prowess
Amazing discovery shows ancient Israel was global glass producer
Bible breakthrough found in Israel
New look at ancient shards suggests Bible even older than thought
Second Temple period bronze implements discovered in Magdala excavations
Were Hebrews Ever Slaves in Ancient Egypt? Yes
Jesus Discovered in Dead Sea Scrolls
Israeli Hiker Finds Rare Ancient Roman Coin
Givati Parking Lot Dig Unearths Rare Seal of a Woman
Pharaoh in Canaan: The Untold Story
3,000-Year-Old Textiles Discovered in Israel.
Boy finds ancient figurine during Beit She’an outing
New Digital Tools Developed for the Dead Sea Scrolls
I Spy: A 3,500-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Scarab
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
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
Macquarie honour for Israeli professor
Remains of the city wall of the Philistine city of Gath
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