Tag Archive for Israel archaeology

Latest Palestinian #FakeNews: Jews first arrived in Israel only 70 yrs ago

In yet another example of Palestinian revisionist history (Taqiyya) to ‘steal Israel,’ a Fatah archaeologist for Al-Azhar University reports, ‘No archaeological evidence of children of Israel in Palestine’. 

By Mordechai Sones


Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has compiled excerpts of content broadcast by the Palestinian Authority that exposes the distortions that so-called Palestinian intellectuals are willing to perpetrate to further their goal of dispossessing the Jewish People from their land.

Author Haidar Massad says the Zionist narrative has falsified history, as the Children of Israel were never in Palestine: “I wrote a novel called The Palace that was published in 2019. Continue Reading »

Incredible Byzantine church of Marble, mosaics & glass windows discovered

It is unknown to whom the 1,500 yr-old structure near Jerusalem is dedicated to, but its size & rich trappings of the most complete collection of Byzantine glass windows and lanterns ever found in one excavation site leads archaeologists to believe it was a popular pilgrimage site, until it was abandoned in the 9th century CE.

By Ynet, Agencies


Israeli archaeologists this week revealed the elaborately decorated Byzantine church dedicated to an anonymous martyr that was recently uncovered near Jerusalem.

The Israel Antiquities Authority showcased some of the finds from the nearly 1,500-year-old structure, whose compound covers around one third of an acre, after three years of excavations. Continue Reading »

“Servant of the King” seal unearthed in City of David

Once again, the archaeological find of yet another unearthed artifact not only supports Jerusalem to be an ancient Jewish city, it corroborate the accounts written in the Holy Bible.

By David Lazarus


A Rare and Exciting Discovery: A 2,600-year-old seal with impression bearing the words: “belongs to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King.”

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reports that the seal was excavated in the City of David along the south-eastern slopes of the Temple Mount and is dated to the First Temple period.

The name Nathan-Melech appears only once in the Bible, in II Kings 23:11, where he is described as an official in the court of King Josiah, who participated in a cleansing of the Temple precincts that King Josiah initiated. Continue Reading »

The Islamic Waqf is brewing a new crisis on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

The newest crisis emerging on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount has to do with the Islamic waqf’s objection to an Israeli observation post erected atop the Old City’s Golden Gate, to ensure Palestinian Muslims aren’t covertly violating an Israel High Court ruling that protects precious archaeological material.

By Nadav Shragai


In the summer of 2004, history was made on a small scale in the Supreme Court in Jerusalem when the High Court of Justice ruled in favor of a petition filed by a Jewish group to protect the Temple Mount antiquities. In one of the last cases Justice Jacob Turkel handled before retiring, the judge adopted the petition filed by the Committee for the Prevention of Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount, forcing the government to take action that went against what was almost natural for it in those days – simply giving in to the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, the body that oversees what takes place on the Mount. Continue Reading »

2,700 yr-old seal with, ‘Governor of Jerusalem’ found near Western Wall

Seal was discovered in Jerusalem’s Old City during excavation of First Temple era building near Western Wall Plaza.
• Israel Antiquities Authority says artifact was likely attached to shipment or sent as souvenir on behalf of the governor.

By Yori Yalon, Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


Israeli archaeologists revealed a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression that they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem.

The artifact, inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script as “belonging to the governor of the city,” was likely attached to a shipment or sent as a souvenir on behalf of the governor, the most prominent local position held in Jerusalem at the time, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. Continue Reading »

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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Tel Aviv University reveal unseen inscription from First Temple era with new technology


Researchers at Tel Aviv University use multispectral imaging technology were able to read additional letters and words in the existing inscription dating back almost 3,000 years, on one side of the clay, and to their surprise, three “new” lines appeared.

By Ilan Gattegno


Researchers at Tel Aviv University have uncovered a Hebrew inscription on a shard of pottery dating back to the First Temple era (the 11th to 5th centuries BCE) using new multispectral imaging technology, the “Plos One” multidisciplinary scientific journal reported Wednesday.

The inscription discovered on the pottery – Photo Courtesy Tel Aviv University

The shard, discovered decades ago, was believed to have been inscription-free on one side, but the multispectral imaging technology revealed it was used as part of a delivery of supplies to a military unit sent to Tel Arad, west of the Dead Sea. Continue Reading »

Unique 3,800 yr-old jug designed with human sculpture unearthed near Tel Aviv


The students that participate in the excavation of the unique pottery vessel are part of a new training curriculum, which seeks to connect them with the past, and help secure archaeologists of the future.



A rare and unusual 3,800-year-old jug from the Middle Bronze Age, featuring a human sculpture, was recently unearthed during an excavation in the city of Yehud, near Tel Aviv, with the assistance of area students, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday.

According to Gilad Itach, excavation director on behalf of the IAA, the discovery was made on the final day of a mandatory dig prior to the construction of several residential buildings in the area. Continue Reading »

2nd Temple floor tiles reconstructed from debris discarded by Palestinians


Israeli Archaeologists reconstructed decorative tiles from Second Temple period using the discarded multi-colored tiles with geometric designs that were a gift from Roman Caesar Augustus to King Herod, known to have adorned the Temple compound and surrounding buildings.

By Yori Yalon


Striking in their modernity: Researchers have completed the first-ever reconstruction of archaeological elements from the Second Temple — a number of floor tiles that are believed to have adorned the porticos that surrounded the Temple compound, and possibly other important structures in the area, as well.

From left: Frankie Snyder, who reconstructed the tile designs, Dr. Gabriel Barkay, and Zachi Dvira  – Photo: Dudi Vaaknin

The tiles, a gift from the Roman Caesar Augustus to King Herod (who ruled Judea from 37 to 4 BCE), were created using different types of colored stone cut and arranged in clean geometric designs. Continue Reading »

Historical discovery of Egyptian statue with hieroglyphic script found at Tel-Hazor


Tel Hazor, north of the Sea of Galilee, is Israel’s largest biblical-era site, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and where the only monumental Egyptian statues found so far in 2nd millennium contexts in the entire Levant.



In a historic find, a large limestone fragment of an Egyptian statue depicting an ancient official’s feet, was discovered at Tel-Hazor, north of the Sea of Galilee, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced on Monday.

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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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Archaeological dig in central Israel unearths 2700 yr-old farm with 1,500 yr-old Byzantine church


 view video“Among other things, the rapid spread of Christianity at that time is apparent, as evidenced by the many impressive rural churches,” said the excavation director.



A community excavation overseen by the Antiquities Authority in the center of the country has unearthed a rare and well-preserved 2,700-year-old farmhouse and 1,500-year-old church featuring colorful mosaics and numerous Greek inscriptions, the authority announced on Wednesday.

The findings were discovered during an excavation in Rosh Ha’ayin initiated by the Construction Ministry in coordination with the city’s municipality prior to building new neighborhoods in the area.

“So far, scores of teenagers from preparatory programs and youth villages have participated in the excavation, as part of the Israel Antiquities Authority policy of increasing public awareness of our cultural heritage,” the authority said in a statement. Continue Reading »

8 yr-old Israeli ‘Indiana Jones’ honored after First Temple era archaeological discovery


For turning archaeological find over to Antiquities Authorities’ officials, Itai Halpern of Pardesiya was granted a certificate of honor after discovering the head of a statue from the First Temple period.



An eight-year-old Israeli boy on a daytrip with his family in the Beit Shemesh area accidentally made an important archaeological discovery last week, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday.

Itay Halperin holding the head of a sculpture from the First Temple period discovered in Beit Shemesh‏. – Photo: ARIK HALPERIN

Itai Halpern of Pardesiya was granted a certificate of honor after discovering the head of a statue from the First Temple period and turning it in to Antiquities Authorities’ officials. Continue Reading »

University of Haifa archaeologists unearth evidence of 363 CE earthquake in Galilee



Archaeologists from the University of Haifa  find a dove-shaped gold pendant, bones crushed under a collapsed roof & stone catapult ammunition at dig-site near Lake Kinneret.


University of Haifa archaeologists announced Monday that they have recently discovered items which have shed light on an earthquake that occurred in 363 CE in the ancient city of Hippos which overlooks the Sea of Galilee.

Gold pendant in shape of dove.(photo credit: DR. MICHAEL EISENBERG)Gold pendant in shape of dove.- Photo: DR. MICHAEL EISENBERG

Hippos, near modern-day Kibbutz Ein Gev, was the site of a Greco-Roman city-state. Archaeologists digging at the Hippos excavation site, known as Susita in Hebrew, uncovered a woman’s skeleton and a gold dove-shaped pendant under the tiles of a collapsed roof. Continue Reading »

Archaeologists in Israel: Ancient Israelites imported lead coffins from Lebanon

A forgotten lead ornamental fragment stashed away in a kibbutz library turns out to be identical with metal coffins found in Tyre.


For decades, a fragment from an ancient lead coffin lay stashed away in the basement of a kibbutz library. But a few months ago, a librarian came across it and showed it to researchers from the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology – who realized that they had a rare find. The fragment of coffin found in the cellar of Kibbutz Gesher Haziv was absolutely identical to one found about a century earlier in the Lebanese city of Tyre.

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