Over 120 Impression Seals from First Temple Period Unearthed in Jerusalem

Thursday, July 23, 2020

2,700-year-old administrative storage center from days of Kings Hezekiah and Manasseh found at site A significant administrative storage center from the days of Jewish Kings Hezekiah and Manasseh has recently been uncovered at archaeological excavations in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a statement Wednesday. An unusually 2,700-year-old large … Read More

Huge Kingdom of Judah Government Complex Found Near US Embassy in Jerusalem

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

One of the largest collections of royal Kingdom of Judah seal impressions has been uncovered at a massive First Temple-period public tax collection and storage complex being excavated near the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem. The main Iron Age structure is exceptional in terms of both its size and architectural style, said Israel Antiquities … Read More

Jerusalem vs. Tel Aviv And The Battle Over Israel’s Biblical Archeology

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In 1993, archaeologists working at the Tel Dan site in Northern Israel unearthed an Aramaic inscription featured on a monumental stone jab. Once deciphered, the artifact offered something absolutely unprecedented: the first archaeological reference to biblical King David.  The issue of the historicity of the monarch had been debated by scholars for decades within the … Read More

World’s 1st Necklace? Prehistoric Painted Shells, Once on Twine, Found in Israel

Friday, July 10, 2020

Sometime around 160,000 to 120,000 years ago, early man began to string together painted shells and display them, according to a new international, interdisciplinary study published in the open-sourced PLOS One journal this week. The authors, a team of scientists led by Tel Aviv University’s Daniella E. Bar-Yosef Mayer and University of Haifa’s Iris Groman-Yaroslavski, performed “use-wear” … Read More

Unprecedented 4,200-Year-Old Rock Art Etching of Animal Herd Found in Golan Tomb

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

An extremely rare example of megalithic rock art was recently identified in northern Israel’s Yehudiya Nature Reserve inside a 4,200-year-old stone burial chamber. The unique discovery of a clearly composed, artistic rendering of a herd of animals is shifting the way archaeologists think about the little-understood peoples who created the thousands of massive stone burial … Read More

Tomb of Patriarchs Pilgrimage Site in First Temple Times, Pottery Suggests

Monday, July 6, 2020

A new study carried out on pottery items uncovered in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron suggests the cave, where according to tradition, Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs were laid to rest, was used and visited as a pilgrimage site during the First Temple Period, around 2,700 years ago. The results of the study were … Read More

Two Millennia-Old Clay Seals Hint at Jews Rebuilding Jerusalem After Babylonian Exile

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

An ancient seal and a seal impression found at an archaeological site in Jerusalem offered Israeli archaeologists a glimpse at the restoration of the city after its fall to the Babylonian armies in 6th century BCE, Israel’s Antiquities Authority recently announced. The two artifacts were discovered at the Givati Parking Lot Excavation site in the City … Read More

2,500-Year-Old City Of David Seal Shows Jerusalem Status In Persian Period

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A double stamp impression on a bulla and a seal made of re-used pottery shards have been unearthed in the course of archaeological excavations undertaken by the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University in the Givati Parking Lot Excavation of the City of David, in the Jerusalem Walls National Park. According to the researchers, … Read More

1967 Jordanian Weapons Found in Archaeological Dig by Western Wall

Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Jordanian ammunition stash dating back to the Six Day War was discovered in an archaeological dig near the Western Wall on Wednesday, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and Israel Antiquities Authority announced. The archaeologists were excavating a British Mandate period water cistern under the lobby of the Western Wall Tunnels site, when they came … Read More

Special Vessels Show Jewish Continuity in Israel After Roman Destruction

Monday, June 22, 2020

New research offers insights on how Jewish life continued in the Land of Israel after the destruction of the Temple and of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans. The use of chalkstones vessels, very common among the Jewish population during the Second Temple Period, did not stop with the destruction of city in the … Read More