Tag Archive for Archaeology Authority

Israeli archaeologists confirm Babylonian assault on Jerusalem from latest discovery


The latest archaeological findings unearthed at the City of David, an excavation site in Jerusalem, help prove the destruction of the ancient Jewish city at the hands of the Babylonians.

By i24NEWS


New archaeological findings at a controversial excavation site in Jerusalem help prove the destruction of the ancient city at the hands of the Babylonians.

Less than a week before Tisha B’Av, the Jewish holiday which mourns the destruction of the Jewish temple, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced the latest research from its painstaking excavation.

Other artifacts which attest to Jerusalem’s affluence prior to the Babylonian assault on the city 2,600 years ago.

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WATCH: Israeli archaeologists find hundreds of liquor bottles from WWI


The hoard of century old liquor bottles that were found near a building which was converted into barracks for British soldiers during WWI, is demonstrative of the amount of alcohol the soldiers consumed during their service.

By Emily Rose


Israeli archaeologists discovered hundreds of liquor bottles that belonged to British soldiers during WWI in an excavation near the central city of Ramla, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Wednesday.

The assemblage of bottles that was revealed in the excavation – Photo: Clara Amit, courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority

The 100 year-old bottles were found near a building, which was used for agricultural purposes during the Ottoman period and converted into barracks by British soldiers during the war. Continue Reading »

After recovering ancient loot, Israel Antiquities set priority to excavate Judean Desert caves


view video“The goal of the national program we’re promoting is to excavate & discover all the scrolls that remain in the caves once and for all, so they can be saved and preserved by the state.” says Israel Antiquities Authority Director Israel Hasson.

By Yori Yalon


Israeli authorities are stepping up the fight to save the country’s as yet unrecovered ancient scrolls from the hands of antiquities robbers.

An Israel Antiquities Authority worker excavates in a Judean Desert cave – Photo: Yuli Schwartz/IAA

The Israel Antiquities Authority, the Heritage Project by the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry, and Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev are promoting a national program of archaeological excavations in the caves of the Judean Desert to save the ancient scrolls cached there, the earliest extant manuscripts written in Hebrew. Continue Reading »

1,300 yr-old olive press unearthed at Ancient Shiloh


Ancient Shiloh, the capital of Israel for 369 years & home of the Ark of the Covenant, was also the region’s main manufacturer of olive oil as seen by the large size of the press and its proximity to a similar one found in 2011.

By Efrat Forsher


A 1,300-year-old public olive press was unearthed recently at the Ancient Shiloh archaeological park, in the Binyamin region of Judea and Samaria. The olive press is proof that aside from being the capital of ancient Israel for 369 years and housing the Ark of the Covenant, Shiloh was also the region’s main manufacturer of olive oil. Continue Reading »

1,500 yr-old church unearthed near Israel’s main highway

Byzantine Empire period church discovered during road work aimed at linking Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

By i24news


A 1,500-year-old church was discovered during work to broaden Israel’s main highway, which links Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, archaeologists said Wednesday.

Ancient church discovered in Israel in June 2015 – Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

The church stems from when the Byzantine Empire ruled over what is now Israel and the Palestinian territories between 324 and 638 after Christ. The Byzantine Empire, spreading Christianity, was the mostly Greek-speaking continuation of the eastern parts of the Roman Empire during late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
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Purely Scientific Discovery in Jerusalem Set to Upset Christian Theologians About Jesus

Canadian-Israeli geo-archeologist claim they’ve reached a scientific & thus theological breakthrough, claiming stats & science prove Jesus was indeed buried in Jerusalem with his wife & his son, Judah.


A group of geologists believe that they have found the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem, and this time they think they’ve found the tomb of his son, too.

“Jesus Family tomb” in Israeli capital’s East Talpiot neighborhood

After 150 tests of particles and elements, Canadian-Israeli filmmaker-journalist Simcha Jacobovici and geoarcheologist Aryeh Shimron claim they’ve reached a scientific and theological breakthrough.

The finding has been over 35 years in the making, amid court cases, legal restrictions and scientific and biblical pushback. Continue Reading »

2nd Temple Period Mikveh Rediscovered in Valley of Elah Road Construction

Archaeologists amazed to find 75 yr-old inscription by 2 Australian soldiers from World War II into a rock of 1,900 yr-old Jewish ritual bath.

By Ornit Etzer, Ari Yashar


Israel Antiquities Authority excavations in the Valley of Elah’s Tzomet Haelah, funded by the Netivei Israel state transportation company, made a rare discovery recently in unearthing a mikveh (ritual Jewish bath) from the Second Temple period.

Second Temple period mikveh

Second Temple period mikveh – Assaf Peretz, courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority

In an interesting intertwining of time periods, on the roof of an adjacent massive water cistern inscriptions were found, made in the rock by Australian soldiers who were on the site during World War II. Continue Reading »

Two Spectacular Archaeological Finds in Israel This Week


Israel Police nab Jerusalem tomb raiders in unauthorized ossuary transaction, while archaeologists find impressive dining room floor of Byzantine monastery located in the Negev.

By Israel Today Staff


Israeli archaeologists recently made two sensational finds, one thanks to the work of the police.

Spectacular Archaeological Finds in Israel

Dining room floor in Byzantine monastery located in Negev – Photo courtesy: Israel Antiquities Authority

Earlier in the week, Israeli police publicized the recent arrest of tomb raiders who had stolen 11 coffin boxes dating back to the time of Jesus. The coffins were from the Jerusalem area.

Meanwhile, in the southern Negev region, an ancient Byzantine-era monastery was discovered together with its ornate and intricate mosaic floor (pictured). Continue Reading »

11 Ossuaries recovered after apparent Jerusalem heist

Eleven 2nd Temple-era Burial Boxes were discovered after police arrested 4 suspicious characters in Jerusalem.


The Israeli Antiquities Authority unveiled 11 ancient burial boxes Monday that were recovered by Israel Police early Friday morning

Israeli archaeologist Eitan Klein.

Israeli archaeologist Eitan Klein.- AFP

Officials say the boxes are 2,000 years old. Some are engraved with designs and even names, giving clues to their origin and contents. The boxes contain bone fragments and remnants of what experts say is pottery buried with the deceased.

The authority says the boxes were recovered last Friday in Jerusalem when police observed a suspicious nighttime transaction involving two cars, four individuals and the 11 boxes.

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New National Park Dedicated as Where David Defeated Goliath

Archaeologists have determined that a building unearthed south of Jerusalem, at Khirbet Qeiyafa, was King David’s ‘Suburban Palace.’

By Gil Ronen


A national park will be declared at Khirbet Qeiyafa and the Ela Valley, southwest of Jerusalem, and a residential neighborhood that had been planned next to the location will not be built. The area is believed to be the spot where the young David fought Goliath, according to the Bible.

An aerial view of the Khirbet Qeiyafa dig – Skyview/Archaeological Authority

The decision was made by the Jerusalem District Committee for Planning and Construction. The national park will stretch from Beit Natif in the east to Khirbet Qeiyafa in the west, and the construction of the southern neighborhood of Ramat Beit Shemesh will be scrapped. Continue Reading »

Israel has returned 90 stolen antiquities to Cairo

Returned Home: The Egyptian authorities noticed online that the stolen collection had been originally put on the auction block by a Jerusalem based auction house.


Israel has returned a collection of 90 antiquities after discovering that the artifacts – presented for sale at auction – had been stolen, Egyptian authorities said on Monday.

An archive photo of an Egyptian mummy covering.

An archive photo of an Egyptian mummy covering. – Photo: Reuters

The collection reportedly included clay vessels and vases, stelae and cultic figurines.

Antiquities theft is a huge problem for archaeologists. Not only are precious and irreplaceable remains of ancient cultures lost to science and humanity at large: often the timeline of digs are destroyed by robbers plowing through the layers with disregard for the historic record. Continue Reading »

Archaeologists may have found King David’s Palace

Three buildings dated back to the 10th century BCE have been unearthed by archaeologists – and one of them may have been King David’s palace.

By David Lev


Three unique public buildings, the first of their kind ever found in the Judea area, have been unearthed by Hebrew University and Archaeology Authority archaeologists in the past year, it was revealed Thursday. The buildings date to the tenth century before the Common Era – the period in which King David reigned in Jerusalem.

An aerial view of the Khirbet Qeiyafa dig – Skyview/Archaeological Authority


And in fact, say Hebrew University archaeologist Yossi Garfinkel and Archaeology Authority official Saar Ganor, one of the buildings is indeed a palace used by King David himself. Continue Reading »