Tag Archive for Israel Antiquities Authority

Palestinians now seek ownership of Dead Sea Scrolls via UNESCO


After repeated successful Palestinian inspired resolutions at UNESCO that ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, Western Wall and Jerusalem, the Palestinian are now going after the Dead Sea Scrolls.



The Palestinian Authority is preparing to lay a claim to the Dead Sea Scrolls at the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Israel Radio reported on Saturday night.

ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY researchers utilize advanced technology to piece together thousands of fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls. - Photo: ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY

ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY researchers utilize advanced technology to piece together thousands of fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls. – Photo: ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY

“This is another provocative and audacious attempt by the Palestinians to rewrite history and to erase our connection to our land,” Ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Hacohen said. Continue Reading »

Ancient papyrus scroll dating from 7th century BCE mentions Jerusalem in ancient Hebrew script


Israel Antiquities Authority presents evidence that refutes UNESCO resolution that rejects Jewish ties to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
• The stolen papyrus document from a Judean Desert cave, records a shipment to a First Temple period king, in ancient Hebrew script.

By Israel Hayom Staff


The UNESCO decision passed Wednesday declaring the Temple Mount to be a Muslim site of worship was immediately countered by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which presented a document dating from the seventh century BCE — the First Temple period — in which the name “Jerusalem” clearly appears in ancient Hebrew script.

The ancient papyrus that mentions Jerusalem - Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority/Channel 2 

The ancient papyrus that mentions Jerusalem – Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority/Channel 2

According to the authority, the papyrus document, which had been among the antiquities robbed from caves in the Judean Desert, represents the oldest external source found to date that cites Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Scanning technology locate Jewish escape tunnel at Nazi massacre site


In Lithuania’s Ponar forest, an int’l research team using ground scanning equipment locate the tunnel which Jewish prisoners secretly dug out with spoons to escape their Nazi captors.

By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


In a Lithuanian forest, an international research team has pinpointed the location of a legendary tunnel that Jewish prisoners secretly dug out with spoons to try to escape their Nazi captors during World War II, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday.

Preparation for electrical resistivity tomography scan of the pit used to hold the victims before their execution at Ponar massacre site near the town of Vilnius, Lithuania – Photo: Ezra Wolfinger

The tunnel in the Ponar forest, known today as Paneriai, outside the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, is the site where some 100,000 people, including 70,000 Jews, were killed and thrown into pits during Nazi occupation. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Rare cache of silver coins from 135–126 BCE found in central Israel

view videoThe found cache of silver coins from the Hasmonean period, comprised of shekels and half-shekels, were minted in the city of Tyre and bear images of King Antiochus VII & his brother Demetrius II.

By i24news


A rare cache of silver coins dating back to the Hasmonean period has been discovered in the central Israeli city of Modi‘in alongside the wall of an agricultural estate during an archaeological excavation, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said Monday.

IAA archaeologist Shahar Krispin during the discovery of the silver coin hoard that was found in the estate house. – Photo: Assaf Peretz, Israel Antiquities Authority

The treasure was hidden in a rock crevice, up against a wall of an impressive agricultural estate that was discovered during the excavation. Continue Reading »

Israeli 10th grader unearths 3,330 yr-old Egyptian amulet at Galilee dig


Dr. Daphna Ben-Tor, curator of Egyptian archaeology at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, who identified the scarab amulet, added that “this is an Egyptian scarab from the times of the Ramses, the 19th Dynasty, the golden days of the pharaohs of Egypt.”

By Yori Yalon


Tzipori (Sepphoris) in the Galilee has revealed another exciting find: On Tuesday, a group of young students participating in an archaeological excavation run by the Israel Antiquities Authority at the ancient site discovered an Egyptian amulet that is over 3,000 years old.

The Egyptian amulet dates back to the 19th Dynasty – Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

Like so many important archaeological findings in Israel, the object was uncovered at a dig being conducted as part of preparations for an infrastructure project — in this case, a new access road. 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 »

Jerusalem to return ancient Egyptian sarcophagi smuggled into Israel

In an effort to warm relations with Egypt, Jerusalem decides to return to Egypt 2 recovered sarcophagus lids that 4 years ago were being smuggled to Europe, but were intercepted by Israel Antiquities Authorities, & the Antiquities Robbery Prevention Unit.

By Itamar Eichner


In an attempt to improve relations between Jerusalem and Cairo, Israel will return Egyptian antiquities that were brought into the country by antiquities looters for the first time on Sunday.

Egyptian mummy sarcophagus – Photo: AFP

This development follows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s call on Israelis to not give up on the opportunity for peace on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Sunken Roman treasure found on Israel’s shore


view videoTwo Israelis divers happen upon the cargo of a sunken merchant ship off Caesarea’s coast, revealing a treasure trove of pristine 1,600 yr-old Roman statuettes, coins and other artifacts.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Two divers found an ancient treasure lurking in the harbor at Caesarea National Park, and after they informed the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) they returned with archaeologists to dive down and recover the ancient statues and coins from the depths.

The find, which is the largest assemblage of marine artifacts to be recovered in the last thirty years, was made by divers Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra’anan of Ra’anana. Continue Reading »

New discovery proves Israel was western center of ancient glass trade


1600yr-old glass kilns recently discovered during construction of new railway line in Haifa prove Israel was at the center of the international glass trade during the late Roman period.

By Jesse Lempel/TPS


A first-of-its-kind accidental discovery of ancient glass kilns at the foot of Mt. Carmel demonstrates that Israel was at the center of the global glass trade during the late Roman period, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday.

The extraordinary kilns, which are approximately 1,600 years old, are “the earliest found in Israel and the missing link for the production and export of glass,” Yael Gorin-Rosen, head curator of the Israel Antiquities Authority Glass Department, told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). 

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2000yr-old synagogue unearthed by Sea of Galilee reveal ancient treasures


Second Temple era bronze incense shovel & jug were recently discovered at the excavation site of the ancient Jewish settlement of Mandala.



The excavation of a 2,000-year old Jewish settlement and synagogue from the Second Temple period in Mandala, located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, recently revealed rare and well-preserved antiquities, including a bronze incense shovel and jug.

An aerial view of the settlement uncovered in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority at Migdal. – Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

The dig, overseen by the Israel Antiquities Authority prior to the construction of a building there, took place in an area considered to be the crossroads of Jewish and Christian history for its historical and religious significance for both Jews and Christians.

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2,500 yr-old seal from 1st Temple period found in Jerusalem


Israel Antiquities Authority admits “Finding seals that bear names from the time of the 1st Temple is hardly a commonplace occurrence, & finding a seal that belonged to a woman is an even rarer phenomenon.”



Who was Elihana bat Gael?

An exceptional woman during Jerusalem’s First Temple period, some 2,500 years ago, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

A view from the Jerusalem excavation site in the City of David

A rare seal bearing her name was recently unearthed in a large ancient building during excavations carried out in the Giv’ati parking lot at the City of David, in the Jerusalem Walls National Park, the IAA announced on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Tenth Roman Legion bathhouse and nearby winery found in Jerusalem

Ahead of construction on a new housing project, ancient finds were unearthed including a large winery from the Roman or Byzantine period and a bathhouse dating back around 1,600 years ago.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Ancient 1,600-year-old finds were recently unearthed during archaeological excavations on the Schneller Compound in Jerusalem, prior to the construction of residential buildings for the capital’s haredi population.

The winery – Photo: Guy Fitoussi, 

The excavations, financed by the Merom Yerushalayim Company and conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), focus on the site of the Schneller Orphanage, which operated in Jerusalem from 1860 until the Second World War. Continue Reading »

Israel Antiquities Authority honors 7 yr-old boy after finding 3,400 yr-old Canaanite idol




During a trip to tel Rehov archeological site in northern Israel this week, seven-year old Ori Greenhut, from Tel Te’omin in the Beit She’an Valley, suddenly came upon a small figure covered with soil while climbing the site’s tel, or archeological mound.

ORI GREENHUT holds the ancient statuette he found in Tel Rehov earlier this week. Photo: Miki Peleg, courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority

When he rubbed the dirt off the object, an unusual clay statuette was revealed. Continue Reading »

7,000 yr-old settlement discovered in northern Jerusalem by Israeli archaeologists


Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority described finding the 2 homes, with floors containing pottery vessels, flint tools & a basalt bowl, as the oldest discovery of its kind in the area.

By Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff



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Busted: 3,000 ancient coins discovered in a kibbutznik’s home


Ancient coins were confiscated from a kibbutznik antiquities dealer in northern Israel, who’s suspected of illegal sale of artifacts.

By i24news


Agents of Israel’s Antiquities Authority along with police arrested an art dealer in northern Israel on Tuesday after finding over 3,000 ancient coins he obtained illegally, reported Israel’s Haaretz.

Ancient coins and jars confiscated from an antiquities dealer in northern Israel suspected of illegal sale of artifacts . – Photos : Israel’s Antiquities Authority

The coins, which have been valued in the tens of thousands of dollars, were found in the man’s home in Kibbutz Beit Hashita around 8 kilometers from Beit She’an, which was a major Greek city during the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. Continue Reading »