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

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September - October 2018

Did Archaeologists find first evidence of the Biblical Exodus?

Archaeologists have long disputed whether the Exodus described in the Bible was a factual, historical account of the Jews’ arrival from Egypt or whether the evidence points toward a non-Biblical version – an internal social development in the region. A recent discovery that may prove Iron Age nomads dwelt in the Jordan Valley may bring researchers one step closer to determining the truth. In an article published in the Biblical Archaeology Review, David Ben-Shlomo, an archaeologist with Ariel University and his American dig partner, Ralph Hawkins of Averett University, described their findings at Khirbet el Mastarah, five miles north of Jericho.

Earliest known stone carving of Hebrew word “Jerusalem” found near city entrance

A unique 2,000-year-old stone inscription unearthed in Israel has thrilled archaeologists. The find is the first full spelling of “Jerusalem” on a stone inscription, archaeologists recently confirmed. The artifact was found last winter during an excavation in the area of Jerusalem’s International Convention Center, known as Binyanei Ha'Uma.

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New Israeli archaeological site tightens noose around suffering Hebron Palestinians

In the West Bank city of Hebron two excavated ditches set amid uneven and ungravelled walking spaces are cordoned off by flimsy fences. Signs in Hebrew, English and Arabic inform onlookers that the steps that descend into the trenches lead to Jewish ritual baths dating back to the early Roman period in the first century BCE - but from above the newest addition to Israel's illegal settlement enterprise proves less than impressive.

Decapitated 2,000-year-old Skeletons Unearthed at Downtown Jerusalem Dig

Some 125 human skeletons dating back more than 2,000 years have been dug up in the Russian Compound in downtown Jerusalem. Researchers have established that most of them are the remains of women and children who belonged to the separatist Pharisee community and had been decapitated. Members of this ancient sect of Judaism opposed the rule of Hasmonean King Alexander Jannaeus – popularly as Alexander Yannai – who apparently slaughtered them in the first century B.C.E. In the stratum above the skeletons, Israeli archaeologists unearthed burned bones and other remains that are believed to have belonged to Roman legion soldiers serving in Jerusalem.

Archaeologists Seek Signs of Joshua’s Conquest in Last Unexplored Biblical City

Scrambling to save the last unexcavated biblical town from dirt bikers, archaeologists have found layers going back more than 4,000 years, since before Joshua's time.

World’s oldest intact shipwreck found in Black Sea

An ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found virtually intact at the bottom of the Black Sea, the world’s oldest known shipwreck. The vessel is one of more than 60 shipwrecks identified by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project including Roman ships and a 17th-century Cossack raiding fleet.

From Bronze Age to First Temple: Archaeological Site set to open in Hebron

The Jewish community in Hebron celebrated the opening of a new archaeological park in the biblical city’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood on Tuesday. It includes excavated artefacts from the Bronze Age to the early Roman and First Temple periods. The site’s opening follows extensive conservation work carried out by the Civil Administration’s archaeology unit, in collaboration with Ariel University.

Archaeologists Claim to Discover Evidence for Biblical Account of Exodus Near Jordan River

A team of archaeologists has discovered evidence which they believe backs up the biblical account of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery and into the promised land of Canaan. Despite a long-running debate over the historical accuracy of the story, found in the book of Exodus, archaeologists Ralph K. Hawkins and David Ben-Shlomo have said that there is clear evidence of ruins belonging to a nomadic people group who were traveling from Egypt.

Archaeologists Find Signs of 3,000-year-old Oracle Cult in Ancient Israel

The town of Abel Beth Maacah was known in biblical times as a place for conflict resolution, we may divine from references in scripture. Now archaeologists have found a strange shrine that they think may have been associated with the "wise woman" of the city, mentioned in the bible. But rather than being just a clever elder - they suspect she may have fulfilled an oracular role.

Archaeologists Uncover World’s Oldest Known Brewery in Israel

A recent find in the Carmel mountains by an international team of archaeologists indicates that before grains were cultivated for food, they were grown for fermented alcoholic beverages. As Science magazine reports, evidence of wheat- and barley-based beer was found inside stone mortars carved into the floor of a cave near Haifa, Israel.

A Stanford University-led study of three 13,000-year-old stone mortars discovered near a graveyard site called the Raqefet Cave, in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, identified ancient beer residue that is believed to be between 11,700 to 13,700 years old. The mortars are attributed to Natufians, a semi-nomadic group of people who lived in the Levant between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods who were also responsible for the world’s oldest known bread, which was discovered in Jordan in July.

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Unique Cache of Over 1,000 Seal Impressions Found in Central Israel

A unique pile of more than a thousand seal impressions featuring Greek gods, symbols and erotica has been found in an underground closet carved into the bedrock of the biblical town of Maresha. The seals date to the city’s final and most fruitful incarnation, the Hellenistic period, predating its final devastation. The inscription on one of the seals is from 145 B.C.E., the archaeologists believe. It’s impossible at this point to say when the earliest seal is from, but the latest has to be around 107 B.C.E. because the city was destroyed at that time, the archaeologists suggest.

Five proven Dead Sea Scroll forgeries only the tip of the iceberg, scholars say

The Museum of the Bible announced on Monday that five Dead Sea Scroll fragments from its collection were proven forgeries. Removed from display, these fragments may prove to be the bellwether of the Washington, DC, institution’s entire 16-piece fragment collection, and beyond. In the wake of similar accusations, other global institutions and private collectors are now likewise struggling with how to address their own questionable fragments.

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Religion, Science Clash as Archaeologists Restore Ancient Jewish Catacomb in Rome

Archaeologists racing to save a vulnerable and rapidly disintegrating 2,000-year old Jewish catacomb in Rome gave in to pressure from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group and let them rebury the bones found within, not allowing their study. The decision spurred outrage among some scientists who protested in frustration as the bones were resealed in their tombs, putting the remains beyond the reach of curious researchers forever. The Italian authorities and the archaeologists involved rebut that the compromise was necessary in order to save the site, which had begun to decay rapidly after its exposure.

The Archaeological Case for Goliath

Some 3,000 years ago, the Israelites and Philistines faced off on opposite sides of Elah Valley. Throughout 40 days of stalemate, every day, a gigantic warrior named Goliath stepped forward from the Philistines' ranks and shouted his challenge: to fight him in single combat. The Israelites quailed and held back, until a shepherd boy named David arose and, armed with naught but a slingshot, triumphed. So goes the biblical narrative (1 Samuel 17:4), which has been immortalised in popular culture since the day it was written, becoming a symbol of the weak prevailing over the powerful.

Meet Zeno, the Tiny Sub Discovering the Secrets of Israel's Coasts

“A shortcut.” That was the description given last week to a series of experiments held in Israel by a group of marine archaeologists and computer experts from universities in Rome and Florence. The task in which the Italians have been engaged, in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority, is facilitating the discovery and mapping of archaeological finds spread out across the bottom of the sea – relatively fast and inexpensively. To that end, the Italians are developing the Archeosub – an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, called Zeno. It’s a tiny unmanned submarine that will be able to discover, survey and monitor large areas of the seabed.

Secrets of a lost village of ancient Israel come to light

A vanished village, buried for centuries under the sands of time, is beginning to emerge in the cave-dotted lowlands southwest of Jerusalem. In typical old-new Israeli fashion, the work of revealing Beit Lehi-Beit Loya mixes painstaking manual labor with cutting-edge technology. Project leaders are now putting their fascinating discoveries on view to the public online in 3D, enlivened by virtual reality.

Ancient beheading site found in Jerusalem, evidence of ‘holy’ king’s bloody rule

Evidence of a mass slaying, including cruel beheadings, committed during the bloody reign of the Hasmonean king Alexander Jannaeus (103-76 BCE) was recently uncovered in a courtyard next to the Jerusalem municipality during excavations of an ancient water cistern. We removed from the pit more than 20 neck vertebrae which were cut by a sword,” said Dr. Yossi Nagar, an anthropologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). “We discovered in the pit, bodies and body parts of infants and adult individuals, women and men, who were probably victims of a brutal slaughter.”

Earliest Convent in Israel Found at Grave Site of Samuel's Mother Hannah

At the top of a silent, pathless crest in central Israel lies Horvat Hani, where archaeologists have identified the ruins of the first convent ever discovered in ancient Israel, and a burial ground exclusively for women and girls. That cemetery would remain in use for over a thousand years, plied by both Christian and Muslim women in the region. The ruins at Horvat Hani may go back as much as 1,700 years, to the days of early Christianity in the Holy Land. The nunnery and cemetery were built on what the faithful believed to be the grave of Hannah, who the bible says became mother of Samuel by divine intervention.

Israel is presenting a perversion of history in Hebron

“Hebron is the eternal city for the people of Israel, the eternal people.” With those words, Israel’s deputy defence minister, Eli Ben-Dahan, inaugurated a new archaeological tourist park in Hebron, where ancient Jewish ritual baths are said to have stood. Behind Mr Ben-Dahan’s comments is an insidious attempt to use the site – and archaeology more broadly – to claim legitimacy for the West Bank’s most militant Jewish settlers. In actuality, Hebron’s history is not purely Jewish. Like much of the Levant, the city, which contains the purported tomb of Ibrahim, or Abraham, Patriarch in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, has played host to a diverse range of communities. But Israel has occupied the area since 1967, drawing extremist Jewish settlers who are hugely outnumbered by their Palestinian neighbours, but protected by one of the world’s strongest and most ruthless armies.

Dead Sea Scroll Fakes Abound, and Scholars Admit They Share the Blame

Five of its Dead Sea Scroll fragments are fake, the Museum of the Bible in Washington was forced to admit last week. The embarrassed institution may be in good company: Out of at least 70 fragments ostensibly from the Scrolls held in various collections around the world, scholars warn that all are probably forged. As the experts ponder who is responsible for the scandal in the Museum of the Bible, which may be the largest case of antiquities fraud in years, some researchers are placing a big chunk of the blame on a surprising culprit: themselves.

U.S. veterans use archaeology to dig through trauma in Israel

EIT SHE'ARIM, Israel — Like many veterans, Nichol Fuentes has struggled with some aspects of life since leaving the Marines in 2013. Fuentes, 38, a retired sergeant, suffered recurring ankle injuries while in Iraq and while stationed in Japan. She has also been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

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July - August 2018

Mediterranean diet first appeared in the Jordan Valley, 7,500 years ago

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.

Complete Jars Recovered From Cliffside Cave in Israel

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 uncover gate to Biblical city of Zer

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.

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Intriguing Ancient Industrial Site with Recreational Section Revealed in Central Israel

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.

Biblical 'Spies' Revealed in 1,500-Year-Old Mosaic

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.

While Building a Museum for Mosaics in Israel, Another Gorgeous Mosaic Is Found

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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Mysterious 6,500-year-old Culture in Israel Was Brought by Migrants, Researchers Say

Around 6,500 years ago, an advanced new culture surfaced in what is today Israel. Spectacular pottery, exquisite tools and enigmatic works of art appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. The culture would flourish for about 600 years during the late Copper Age, then disappear as inexplicably as it arose. Secondary burial vessels with human features, over a meter in height and dating to about 6,500 years ago were found in Peki'in Cave yoav Dothan. Now archaeologists believe they have deduced its origins: migrants from across the Middle East and Eurasia, who were actually warmly welcomed by local farmers.

2,000-year-old Horned Gold Earring Found Near Jerusalem's Temple Mount

Israeli archaeologists found a 2,000 year-old gold filigree earring featuring a horned animal head in the City of David, an archaeological excavation near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Only the second of its kind found in the area, the earring is an extremely rare discovery from the 2nd or 3rd century B.C.E., the early Hellenistic period. The excavation is headed by Prof. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Yiftah Shalev of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Spa and game room found at 1,700-year-old pottery workshop in Israel

Third-century Roman potters were, apparently, early adopters of the elusive work-life balance. At the central Israel town of Gedera, an Israel Antiquities Authority team has uncovered an impressive 20-bath spa and robust game room alongside evidence of 600 years of a massive ceramic industry. Boards for still-popular games are etched into large stone benches at the 3rd century CE site. Among the game boards, the IAA archaeologists identified mancala, an ancient one- or two-player game using a board and seeds or marbles that is still an international bestseller.

June 2018

Builders Accidentally Discover Roman-era Catacomb of Rich Jewish Family in Northern Israel

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 on Archaeology Program Unearth 1,700-Year-Old Coin

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.

Unusual minuscule 1,000-year-old Arabic clay amulet unearthed in City of David

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.”

Unique 3,000-year-old Figurative Sculpture Found in Israel

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.

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March 2018

Mysterious pool and fountain discovered at ancient Christian site in Israel
Archaeologists in Israel have announced the discovery of a large 1,500-year-old pool and elaborate fountain at the site of an ancient church near Jerusalem.

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.

Afterlife snack: Jar of toads popped open in 4,000-year-old Canaanite tomb dig
A 4,000-year-old Canaanite “burial kit” has been found in Jerusalem that includes an afterlife snack pack of nine decapitated toads. Discovered in a salvage excavation near Jerusalem’s Biblical zoo, a set of intact jars and their contents shed new light on funerary rites of the Middle Bronze period — and give a window into an ancient recipe for toad.


November 2017

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.

October 2017

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.

Is this huge inscription our missing link to the biblical 'Sea Peoples'?

Where Is Biblical Bethsaida?

The Samaria Ivories—Phoenician or Israelite?

Babylonian Trigonometry Table: The World’s Oldest? A new interpretation of Babylonian math

What Happened to the Canaanites? DNA study links ancient Canaanites to their modern descendants.

Ancient Papyrus Again Proves Israel's Biblical History

July 2017

Kingdom of Israel…asking new questions of old data

http://asorblog.org/2017/06/20/land-kingdom-israel-asking-new-questions-old-data/

ANE “Game of Thrones”…apologia

http://asorblog.org/2017/07/12/big-bad-wolves-ancient-near-east-speak-royal-apologetic-context/

Silk textiles in Southern Levant

http://asorblog.org/2017/07/25/silk-textiles-southern-levant/

Gihon Spring tower dated

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170615120635.htm

DNA testing

http://www.abc.net.au/science/

https://popular-archaeology.com/article/modern-day-lebanese-descend-from-the-canaanites-suggests-genetic-study/

Palaeolithic hunting in Israel

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Humans-hunted-freshwater-turtles-in-Israel-60000-years-ago-500757

Were the Philistines 'local' to ANE?

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.802928

Evidence of Babylonian destruction from City of David

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/they-were-here-on-tisha-bav-new-evidence-of-babylonian-destruction-discovered-in-city-of-david/2017/07/26/

Water system at Ha’Ayn

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/impressive-2700-year-old-water-system-discovered-near-rosh-haayin/2017/07/20/

Last refuge of rebels in Jerusalem

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.718720

Apologia of ANE Kings…David and ish-Baal

http://asorblog.org/2017/07/12/big-bad-wolves-ancient-near-east-speak-royal-apologetic-context/

The Second Temple menorah

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/temple-at-jerusalem/rome-images-of-the-temple-menorah/?mqsc=E3897398&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHDDaily%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=ZE7A7JZ00

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/cultural-heritage/the-arch-of-titus-in-color/

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.

June 2017

Computer games and archaeology

http://asorblog.org/2017/06/26/value-project-videogames-archaeology-leiden-university/

A Late Bronze Age discussion starter…asking new questions of old data

http://asorblog.org/2017/06/20/land-kingdom-israel-asking-new-questions-old-data/

Finds from “monarchy” period at Tel Motza

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2012/12/temple-and-rare-cache-of-sacred-vessels-from-biblical-times-discovered-at-tel-motza/69923

Solomonic Ruins at Gezer

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.739358

Dead Sea Scrolls

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.760249

Bronze Age destruction of Khirbet-el-Batrawy

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.752808

Elyashiv Ostrakon

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.796024

Philistines and pork

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.787738

Final excavation report on First Jewish Revolt site at Gamla

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/30/gamla-excavations-final-report-rest-story/

Machine translation technology developing for cuneiform texts

https://cdli-gh.github.io/mtaac/

May 2017

Numismatic study 

https://www.google.com/url?hl=en-GB&q=http://ASOR.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT02MTUxMTY1JnA9MSZ1PTkwNTIxODc0NiZsaT00MzQxMDI3OQ/index.html&source=gmail&ust=1495834363564000&usg=AFQjCNHZ_rnrepLJ1G31vY4nn32ufqvcPg

Evidence of tsunami impact in ancient Israel 

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.782460

Evidence of Second temple 

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=41549

Story of a Bronze Age Syrian refugee 

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3500-year-old-syrian-refugee-also-one-archaeologys-most-important-finds-180962843/

Temple Mount Sifting Project threatened 

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-bid-for-survival-archaeologists-point-to-egyptian-finger-from-temple-mount/

Ancient Israel in 3-D 

http://www.livescience.com/58566-ancient-jerusalem-reconstructed-in-virtual-reality-app.html

Legal papyri from “The Cave of the Letters” at Wadi Hever

http://asorblog.org/2017/05/09/ancient-legal-papyri-bring-lost-world-life/

April 2017

Previously unknown Governor of Judea

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.756193

Caesarea Harbour Entry 

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.785858

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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pGhEu9elnA

(Ensure that students are careful if sent to Youtube…there are numerous offerings re the ‘alien’ origins of humans)

Mesopotamian beer-making 

http://asorblog.org/2017/04/25/potent-potables-past-beer-brewing-mesopotamia/

Dead Sea Scrolls

http://asorblog.org/2015/04/14/zodiac-calendars-and-angelic-teaching-in-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

The search for David

http://asorblog.org/2015/09/14/king-david-slept-here/

Plans to renovate harbour at Caesarea

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/plans-to-renovate-ancient-harbor-at-caesarea/2017/04/20/

Second Arch of Titus

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.778103

Ancient dolmen in Golan

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.775318

A guide to Babylonian demons

http://www.haaretz.com/life/.premium-1.778024

A response to Proto-Sinaitic alphabet link

http://asorblog.org/2017/04/14/response-douglas-petrovichs-hebrew-language-behind-worlds-first-alphabet/

Life of Jesus

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/14/what-is-the-historical-evidence-that-jesus-christ-lived-and-died?CMP=soc_567

King Solomon and the Passover

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/03/dining/the-legend-of-king-solomon-and-the-passover-feast.html?contentCollection=weekendreads&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=c-column-middle-span-region&region=c-column-middle-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-middle-span-region

More from Temple Mount "sifting"

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/part-of-egyptian-statue-may-have-been-discovered-by-temple-mount-sifters/2017/04/09/

Possible new site in Iran

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/412450/Archaeologists-dispatched-to-newly-unearthed-site-in-southeast

Efforts to protect artefacts against theft in Syria

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39331342

Evidence of life of early Christians

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/how-did-jesus-live-this-new-israeli-excavation-could-provide-some-clues/2017/03/20/a94bd0d4-0d6a-11e7-b2bb-417e331877d9_story.html?utm_term=.b2bff3821601

Hebrew linked to Proto-Sinaitic alphabet

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15b688c5de94e0be

Archival footage of Nineveh...1920s and 1930s excavations

http://royalasiaticsociety.org/film-footage-of-excavations-in-iraq/

Encoding archaeological data...Youtube slide presentation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsU6hKBhY00

Masada controversy

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.563888

King Solomon's Mines

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/king-solomon-mines-bible-timna-dung/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170117135950.htm

Dead Sea Scrolls in USA...real or forgeries?

http://www.livescience.com/58507-new-dead-sea-scrolls-sold-in-us.html

Nimrud under threat!

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31760656

Ancient Assyrian Tomb discovered in Iraq 

http://www.livescience.com/58433-ancient-assyrian-tomb-discovered-in-iraq.html#undefined.gbpl

Masada

https://aeon.co/essays/decoding-the-ancient-tale-of-mass-suicide-in-the-judaean-desert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAGbYy2NduU

March 2017

Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Available for Free  

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/arts/design/met-museum-makes-375000-images-available-for-free.html?_r=0

Dead Sea Scrolls reviewed after 70 years

http://asorblog.org/2017/03/21/the-dead-sea-scrolls-at-70/

1177 BCE...crisis in the Ancient near East...video lecture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRcu-ysocX4

Lachish...resources and links

http://www.bibleplaces.com/lachish/

Crusader shipwreck off Israel

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.776208

Ancient road discovered at Bet Shemesh

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/2000-year-old-road-excavated-near-bet-shemesh/2017/03/07/

Ancient Rock Art in Galilee

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/4000-years-old-mysterious-tomb-with-rock-art-exposed-in-upper-galilee/2017/03/05/

February 2017

Youtube movies about Biblical-Judaean coins…six in all 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUVogrnnCkQ&t=2s

Best finds from 2016

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.761814

Significant ancient inscription found at Peki’in

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1800-year-old-Hebrew-stone-inscriptions-found-in-ancient-Galilee-synagogue-482175

http://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-carvings-on-column-lend-weight-to-galilee-villages-jewish-past/

Archaeology and politics on the West Bank

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/02/16/511595881/in-west-bank-israeli-and-palestinian-archaeologists-both-lay-claim-to-heritage?utm_content=buffer369b2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

New Masada expedition

http://www.israel21c.org/new-masada-expedition-gets-underway/

https://www.facebook.com/MasadaExpedition

Roman fortifications unearthed at Beth-She’arim

http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-shocked-to-find-ancient-gateway-at-house-of-gates/

More Dead Sea Scrolls?

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/thuo-af1020817.php

January 2017

New discoveries at Hippos-Sussita near Sea of Galilee

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/ancient-roman-theater-hippos-sussita/?mqsc=E3867790&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHDDaily%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=E7B119

Masada video

https://www.facebook.com/TheJerusalemPost/videos/919682651486741/

Copper smelting at Early Israel site 

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/TAU-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-Negev-copper-smelting-site-dating-to-King-David-478502

Roman theatre in Golan Heights

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/haifa-u-archeologists-excavate-golan-heights-roman-theater-3d/2017/01/10/

View old City of Jerusalem 

https://popular-archaeology.com/article/new-app-allows-users-to-see-ancient-jerusalem-virtually

Second temple era engravings in Judean hills

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hikers-discover-engravings-of-menorah-and-cross-in-judaean-lowlands-water-cistern/2017/01/03/

Herodian road may be clue to revolt

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.762348

Daily or weekly news compilation sites

American School of Oriental Research  for Ancient Near East 

http://asorblog.org

Photo Archive http://www.asor.org/archives/collections.html

Subscribe to Ancient Near East Today http://asorblog.org/ancient-near-east-today-vol-v-no-3/

ASOR tv  https://www.youtube.com/user/ASORTV

Bible History Daily  

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

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/category/news/

Bible Archaeology News

Recent discoveries and latest news

http://www.bible-history.com/archaeology/news/

Science Daily

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

https://www.sciencedaily.com/

Archaeology Rocks 

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

https://www.facebook.com/Archaeologyrocks101/

Ancient News: The Modern Scholarship of the Ancient World 

http://www.biblicalartifacts.com/ancient_news.html

Archaeology: A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America 

http://www.archaeology.org/news

Archive

2016

Mosaic found at Jericho

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/29/middleeast/jericho-mosaic-inside-the-middle-east/index.html

Unique ceramic vessel found in Israel.

http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/spectacular-3800-year-old-pottery.html#R0MdZsJhsdbFCLr1.97

Reconstruction of Herodian "tiles"

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archeologists-restore-tiles-from-Second-Temple-in-Jerusalem-467021

Early version of Decalogue on stone for sale

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/15/arts/10-commandments-tablet/index.html?iid=ob_lockedrail_topeditorial

More on the Dome of the Rock and the Temple in Jerusalem

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ancient-muslim-inscription-confirms-dome-of-the-rocks-jewish-temple-origin/2016/10/28/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=push_notification&utm_campaign=PushCrew_notification_1477638488&pushcrew_powered

Impressive discovery at Tel Hazor

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Historic-archeological-discovery-of-Egyptian-statue-unearthed-in-Tel-Hazor-462312

Treasure discovered at Tel Gezer

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Ancient-trove-of-gold-and-silver-discovered-Israeli-archeological-site-472560

Destruction layer found at citadel of Khirbet al-Batrawy

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.752808

Rare early Islamic gold coin found in Galilee

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rare-1200-year-old-gold-coin-discovered-in-lower-galilee/2016/11/01/

Discovery of papyrus...early reference to Jerusalem...and rebuttal.

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/discovery-jerusalem-on-hebrew-papyrus/2016/10/21/

http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=715

Lachish...update on First Temple era gate...reference to new visitors' centre

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/first-temple-period-gate-shrine.html#9qZTu5ocVtCfqItr.97

Temple Mount Sifting Project

https://templemount.wordpress.com/

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

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/archaeology-101-jews-and-the-temple-mount/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=6a00b3dff6-2016_10_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-6a00b3dff6-55221657

http://www.timesofisrael.com/unescos-jerusalem-resolution-ignores-christian-roots-too/

Recent work at Megiddo

https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/10.5615/neareastarch.77.1.0032.pdf?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

https://sites.google.com/site/megiddoexpedition/Fresh-Updates

Archaeography of “Holy Land”

http://askwhy.co.uk/judaism/0165Archaeology.php

David & Goliath…something for the iconoclasts

https://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_the_unheard_story_of_david_and_goliath?language=en

3-D Pompeii

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161004103319.htm

Unique Mycenaean discovery near Pylos

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/lord-of-rings-rare-discovery-in-bronze.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+TheArchaeologyNewsNetwork+(The+Archaeology+News+Network)#vzGfCxEKveZA2UsH.97

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/bronze-age-warrior-tomb-unearthed-in-sw.html#2SzkU7KZ4tm4YmPx.97

Discovery of ornamental garden at Petra

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.744119

New discoveries at Philistine Gath

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.738150

Water resources and the human colonisation of Australia

https://popular-archaeology.com/article/water-sources-and-human-colonization-of-australia/

First Temple era gate found at Lachish

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/first-temple-period-gate-shrine.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+TheArchaeologyNewsNetwork+(The+Archaeology+News+Network)#byWlMjbdR7xUasZz.97

Toilet uncovered at Lachish

http://www.timesofisrael.com/iron-age-toilet-is-evidence-judean-king-dumped-on-the-gods/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=d6e3b333f1-2016_09_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-d6e3b333f1-55221657

Virtual Unwrapping…reading the scroll from En-Gedi.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160922092147.htm

https://youtu.be/GduCExxB0vw.

Discovery of artefact from Second Temple

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4854160,00.html

Roman frescos in Galilee

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160810113901.htm

Marble “Venus” found at Petra

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160912132735.htm

Rare Roman Coin found in Jerusalem

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160913150507.htm

DNA testing confirms antiquity of Indigenous Australia

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/21/indigenous-australians-most-ancient-civilisation-on-earth-dna-study-confirms

Indigenous Art

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/researches-date-worlds-earliest-rock-art-in-was-kimberley-region/news-story/51828180e17de98afc0b2c58e37d9be9

http://www.mq.edu.au/thisweek/2016/09/12/ice-aged-aboriginal-art-kimberley/#.V9dKIZN96t8

5000 year old "houses " found in northern Australia

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/aborigines-were-building-stone-houses-9000-years-ago/news-story/30ef4873a7c8aaa2b80d01a12680df77

Archaeology and modern politics?

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Dore-Gold-Archaeology-is-best-defense-of-Jewish-connection-to-Jerusalem-467343

Roman era mosaic from Israel

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-fresco-fragments-dating-back-to-Roman-era-discovered-at-Zippori-National-Park-463760

Roman artefacts from Caesarea

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/227-1609/trenches/4739-trenches-israel-caesarea-roman-figurines

Bronze Age discovery in Israel

http://www.livescience.com/55852-worker-discovers-bronze-age-treasures-in-israel.html

Ancient irrigation system in Israel

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/7000-year-old-pits-found-in-northern-Israel-suggest-sophisticated-ancient-irrigation-466414

Earliest "paleo" diet?

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/real-paleo-diet-it-might-have-included-bread-n640021

Ancient ceramic "factory" in Israel

http://www.livescience.com/55559-roman-pottery-kiln-discovered-israel.html

Biblical scenes in ancient mosaic

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/mosaics-old-testament-scenes-roman-era-synagogue-israel-04009.html

Significant Egyptian statue discovered at Tel Hazor

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Historic-archeological-discovery-of-Egyptian-statue-unearthed-in-Tel-Hazor-462312

DNA study identifies origins of early farmers in the Near East

https://popular-archaeology.com/article/ancient-dna-reveals-complex-genetic-history-of-near-east-at-dawn-of-agriculture/

Dendrochronology used to update chronology of the ancient Near East

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719161657.htm

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

https://popular-archaeology.com/article/reading-the-unreadable/

Ptolemaic "underwater" City

http://www.sliptalk.com/heracleion-city-found-underwater/

Philistine Graveyard discovered in Israel

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/bible-philistine-israelite-israel-ashkelon-discovery-burial-archaeology-sea-peoples/

Vampire graves in Poland

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/06/01/healthy-vampires-emerge-from-graves-in-medieval-polish-cemetery/#725f89a54958

Pompeii skeletons

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/06/24/four-human-skeletons-appear-in-ancient-shop-near-pompeii/#6cce217b5afb

Medieval Foundry for weapons manufacture

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0686-medieval-weapon-making-foundry-discovered-on-shore-of-lake-baikal/

USA conservation issues

http://archive.archaeology.org/online/features/southwest/

http://upr.org/post/archaeologists-urge-obama-protect-bears-ears

Petra “mystery”

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/69905/city-biblical-desolation-yields-one-mysterious-ancient-discovery/#rXcOEvP3zqXBwXec.97

Attalid tombs?

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.725089

Coin hoard

http://www.jwire.com.au/hidden-2400-years/

Recovery of site from Jewish rebellion

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-bar-kochba-rebels-caves-salvaging-what-the-thieves-left-behind/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=0139c8e08d-2016_06_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-0139c8e08d-55221657

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

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/69242/customs-authorities-stop-apparent-attempt-smuggle-antiquities-country/#yvwWrwrwI1G1Ph1w.99

Bar Kochba Rebels’ Caves

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-bar-kochba-rebels-caves-salvaging-what-the-thieves-left-behind/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=0139c8e08d-2016_06_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-0139c8e08d-55221657

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

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Divers-in-Caesarea-find-largest-treasure-of-gold-coins-ever-discovered-in-Israel-391319

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

http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/divers-unearth-largest-gold-discovery-ever-found-in-israel/

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

https://templemount.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/rare-egyptian-amulet-bearing-name-of-ancient-pharaoh-found-in-earth-discarded-from-temple-mount/

http://www.timesofisrael.com/girl-12-finds-ancient-egyptian-amulet-at-jerusalem-dig/

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

http://www.newsgram.com/stop-antiquities-theft-if-israel-can-do-so-can-india/

http://cdn.biblicalarchaeology.org/wp-content/uploads/Haifa-Dor-scarab.pdf?6966b9

3600-year-old Swedish Axes Were Made With Copper From Cyprus

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.719125

Archaeologists Find the Last Hideout of the Jewish Revolt in Jerusalem

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.718720

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

https://templemount.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/rare-egyptian-amulet-bearing-name-of-ancient-pharaoh-found-in-earth-discarded-from-temple-mount/

http://www.timesofisrael.com/girl-12-finds-ancient-egyptian-amulet-at-jerusalem-dig/

Galilee Glass Kilns Prove Ancient Israel’s Manufacturing Prowess 

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.713942

Amazing discovery shows ancient Israel was global glass producer 

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210676#.VxBNQDB9670

Bible breakthrough found in Israel 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/bible-breakthrough-found-in-israel/news-story/87fe1827f83ce427a118d633eea2ec0f

New look at ancient shards suggests Bible even older than thought 

http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-look-at-ancient-shards-suggests-bible-even-older-than-thought/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=5cc5bb213f-2016_04_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-5cc5bb213f-55221657

Second Temple period bronze implements discovered in Magdala excavations 

​ http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Second-Temple-period-bronze-implements-discovered-in-Magdala-excavations-5-April-2016.aspx

Were Hebrews Ever Slaves in Ancient Egypt? Yes 

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/.premium-1.713849

Jesus Discovered in Dead Sea Scrolls 

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/jesus-discovered-in-dead-sea-scrolls/

Israeli Hiker Finds Rare Ancient Roman Coin 

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/israeli-hiker-finds-rare-ancient-roman-gold-coin-160314.htm

https://weather.com/news/news/rare-roman-coin-discovered-by-hiker-israel

Givati Parking Lot Dig Unearths Rare Seal of a Woman 

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/givati-parking-lot-seals/

Pharaoh in Canaan: The Untold Story 

http://www.imj.org.il/exhibitions/presentation/exhibit/?id=1073

http://www.resnicow.com/client-news/first-ever-exhibition-exploring-cross-cultural-dialogue-between-egypt-and-canaan-during

http://www.resnicow.com/file/1350/download?token=km_HyRQv

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

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4208-160224-israel-timna-cloth

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/02/25/textiles-from-time-king-david-found-in-ancient-israeli-mine.html

Boy finds ancient figurine during Beit She’an outing 

http://www.timesofisrael.com/boy-finds-ancient-figurine-during-beit-shean-outing/

New Digital Tools Developed for the Dead Sea Scrolls 

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4203-160223-qumran-digital-scrolls

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

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/3500-year-old-ancient-egyptian-scarab/

Israeli Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Inscriptions in Jesus' Language

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2016/January/Israeli-Archaeologists-Uncover-Ancient-Inscriptions-in-Jesus

Israeli high court says antiquities dealers must document all artefacts online 

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/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 

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.695784

Seal impression of King Hezekiah unearthed in the Ophel excavations. 

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/55293/jerusalem-excavation-reveals-2700-year-old-seal-israelite-king-jerusalem/#VrwfeJz1E0HW67pG.99

Hebrew University Archaeologists find prehistoric Village 

http://www.jwire.com.au/hebrew-uni-archaeologists-find-prehistoric-village/

Recent Ancient Discoveries Under the Western Wall 

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/53521/new-ancient-discoveries-under-opinion/#viufCqdV2MuQDsbg.99

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

http://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-was-inhabited-as-far-back-as-7000-years-ago-archaeologists-find/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=4e5527ef74-2016_02_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-4e5527ef74-55221657

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

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/08/31/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-unique-stepped-structure-in-city-david.html

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/48131/second-temple-era-stairs-discovered-in-jerusalem-jerusalem/#jwzDTHXrJwb4lZS9.99

Temple Sifting Project: Dumped Temple Mount Rubble Yields Jewish Artifacts 

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/80176#.VdK5evmrEnE

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

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-3000-year-old-King-David-era-seal-discovered-by-Temple-Mount-Sifting-Project-419024

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

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150617125735.htm

Macquarie honour for Israeli professor 

http://www.jewishnews.net.au/macquarie-honour-for-israeli-professor/49454

Remains of the city wall of the Philistine city of Gath 
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/46930/giant-discovery-israel-uncovers-proof-goliaths-rule-jerusalem/#EYI3h0JB7jvfyOit.99

Ancient farmstead and monastery exposed in Rosh Ha-‘Ayin 

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Ancient-farmstead-and-monastery-exposed-in-Rosh-Ha-Ayin-30-December-2015.aspx

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

http://www.timesofisrael.com/if-it-looks-like-a-duck-quacks-like-a-duck-is-it-a-clue-to-the-rise-of-jewish-galilee/

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

http://aabgu.org/55000-year-old-skull-fragment-found-israel/

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