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

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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.

For an analysis of the gate's possible connection to the Biblical King David, see:

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.

For further details, see:

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.

For analysis and interpretation, see:

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.


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.

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


Kingdom of Israel…asking new questions of old data

ANE “Game of Thrones”…apologia

Silk textiles in Southern Levant

Gihon Spring tower dated

DNA testing

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

Elyashiv Ostrakon

Philistines and pork

Final excavation report on First Jewish Revolt site at Gamla

Machine translation technology developing for cuneiform texts


Numismatic study

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 (Use with care XX version) (first 60 minutes)

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

Mesopotamian beer-making

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

Masada controversy

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 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

Masada video

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

Daily or weekly news compilation sites

American School of Oriental Research  for Ancient Near East

Photo Archive

Subscribe to Ancient Near East Today


Bible History Daily  

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

Bible Archaeology News

Recent discoveries and latest news

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.

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

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

Archaeologists Find the Last Hideout of the Jewish Revolt in Jerusalem

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

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