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Archeology

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

An unprecedentedly vast Neolithic settlement — the largest ever discovered in Israel and the Levant, say archaeologists — is currently being excavated ahead of highway construction five kilometers from Jerusalem, it was announced on Tuesday. The 9,000-year-old site, located near the town of Motza, is the “Big Bang” for prehistory settlement research due to its … Read More

Biblical Shikmona reveals its purple-dyed secrets

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    The first biblical-era facility for producing prestigious purple-dyed textiles has been uncovered at Tel Shikmona, south of Haifa. “Until now, there has not been any meaningful direct archeological evidence of workshops for the production of purple-colored textiles from the Iron Age – the biblical period – not even in Tyre and Sidon, which … Read More

US envoys lend a hand as Israel digs down in east Jerusalem

Monday, July 1, 2019

US envoys wielded hammers on Sunday to break open a new tunnel at a Jewish heritage site in east Jerusalem, signaling Washington’s support for Israel’s hold over parts of the city that Palestinians seek for a future state. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended the event along with three other visiting American ambassadors as … Read More

Building projects at entrance to Jerusalem means real growth (and some growing pains)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

(June 25, 2019 / JNS) Just like “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” neither was Jerusalem, says Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum. As a part of the city’s development endeavors, Jerusalem’s main entrance will undergo a grand makeover—a million-square-meter project including construction of a new entryway into the city, extension of the light rail … Read More

Ancient observation tower discovered in present IDF paratrooper base

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

An ancient observation tower was discovered in southern Israel on Wednesday in an IDF paratrooper base. The tower dates back to the days of the King Hezekiah, who ruled the Kingdom of Judah almost 3,000 years ago, according to the Bible. “The strategic location of the tower served as a lookout and warning point against … Read More

Temple Mount Sifting Project reboots, aims to salvage ancient temple artifacts

Friday, June 7, 2019

Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Zeev Elkin played show and tell at the June 2 Cabinet meeting this week. To mark Jerusalem Day, a national holiday celebrating the 1967 reunification of Jerusalem, Elkin brought to the Prime Minister’s Office a rare 2,700-year-old First Temple clay sealing impression, fittingly inscribed with the name of a … Read More

Archaeologists discover city gate from time of King David

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

After nearly 32 years of excavation in the ancient city of Bethsaida in the Golan Heights’ Jordan Park northeast of the Sea of Galilee, a city gate from the time of King David was discovered – opening up a world of new possibilities, opinions and theories about the ancient landscape of the Land of Israel. … Read More

Israeli scientists find evidence of humans ‘recycling’ 400,000 years ago

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A new Tel Aviv University study found that there is evidence that 400,000 years ago, prehistoric humans “recycled” their broken flint, the researchers announced on Wednesday. They transformed their discarded flint tools to make smaller utensils with specific functions. Recycling was a way of life for these people,” said Prof. Ran Barkai, one of the … Read More

Germany to return papers of Kafka’s friend Max Brod to Israel

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — German police on Tuesday will hand over to Israel thousands of stolen papers and manuscripts belonging to Max Brod, the friend and literary executor of Czech writer Franz Kafka. Brod, who died in Tel Aviv in 1968, is primarily responsible for Kafka’s success as one of the 20th century’s most influential … Read More

9 rare photos from Israel’s War of Independence

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thursday is Israel’s Independence Day, which commemorates the country’s official Declaration of Independence in 1948. The country celebrated with rallies, fireworks displays, flyovers by the Israeli Air Force and family barbecues. It was a hard-fought independence — the day after the declaration, a coalition of Arab armies attacked and started what Israel calls its War … Read More