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Byzantine Prayer Box Found in Jerusalem Dig

Miniature box adorned with cross dates from 6-7 century CE. Contained two icons surrounded by gold leaf.
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Russia Decides to Search for Sodom and Gomorrah-in Jordan.

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Tower of Babel’s Ruins Waiting for Archaeologists

Archaeologists are hoping to save the ruins of the Biblical era Tower of Babel, located in Iraq, and learn how it was built before it crumbled under the weight of confusion. Following years of devastation under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein and the ensuing American invasion of Iraq, World Monuments Fund conservationist Jeff Allen told The New York Times this week that archeologists are beginning to work on ancient Babylonian sites and possibly restore some of them. Read more >>


Uncovered: Heaviest Gold Coin Ever Found in Israel

Archaeologists working in Tel Kedesh in northern Israel have uncovered an extremely rare 2,200-year-old gold coin, minted in Alexandria by King Ptolemy V. Read more on this story on Israel News

 

 


Archaeologists Uncover Goliath's Hometown

An ongoing archaeological excavation in Tel Tzafit continues to unearth the ruins of what was once the city of Gat – described in the Bible as the hometown of Goliath. Professor Aren Maeir, who is directing the dig, spoke to Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language news service to discuss the latest finds.
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Ancient Water Bridge Found in Jerusalem

Part of the ancient aqueduct that brought water to the Temple Mount has been exposed near the Sultan’s Pool across from Mt. Zion. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) says it found a “spectacular arched bridge” that marked part of Jerusalem’s ancient water system while conducting archaeological rescue excavations prior to work on the city’s modern water system.
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Wall from King Solomon Period Revealed in Jerusalem

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Hebrew University archaeologists have revealed an ancient path in Jerusalem believed to date back to the time of King Solomon, along with structures including a gateway and the foundation of a building. Dr. Eilat Mazar, the leader of the archaeological dig, said the findings match finds from the time of the First Temple. Read more >> 

 


Ancient Jerusalem Waterway Revealed at Jaffa Gate

(IsraelNN.com) February 18, 2010
The excavations inside the Old City of Jerusalem at Jaffa Gate have turned up yet another fascinating revelation: A water canal, 40 meters long (44 yards) and 1.5 meters (5 feet) high. The excavations are being conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority as part of a “rescue” operation, customary in Israel before major construction work, prior to the replacement of underground infrastructures there.
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Exposed: Main Jerusalem Road from 1,500 Years Ago

(IsraelNN.com) February 10, 2010
The ancient precursor of the Old City road leading from Jaffa Gate to Mt. Zion has been uncovered -- exactly where a famous ancient Mosaic map says it should be. Part of the map, known as the Madaba Map, is copied in large size at the end of the famous Cardo Street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. It depicts 6th-7th century Jerusalem, during the Byzantine period, with the Cardo -- the main thoroughfare beginning at Damascus Gate (shown on the left [north] side of the map) -- as its main feature. Read more >>


Ancient Building Found in Modern Tel Aviv

(IsraelNN.com) Tel Aviv, which celebrated its 100th birthday last year, is also the home of a pre-historic building dating back eight centuries, Israel Antiquities Authority archeologists have discovered. They also found flint tools and bones of a hippopotamus they estimate to be up to 100,000 years old.
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1st-Time Discovery of 2nd-Temple Dwelling in Nazareth

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The remains of a dwelling from the last days of the Second Temple have been uncovered in the heart of the city of Nazareth. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) revealed the remains of the ancient residential area in the northern Israeli Arab city for the first time to reporters on Monday.
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Holy Temple Mikveh Discovered Near Western Wall

A 2,000-year-old mikveh (ritual bath) has been uncovered just 20 meters from the Western Wall.
Given its location just outside the Holy Temple - where untold numbers of Jews regularly immersed before entering - the newly-revealed pool is among the largest ever discovered in Jerusalem.

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Second Temple Stone Quarry Discovered

Archaeologists have discovered a quarter-acre (one dunam) quarry in Jerusalem that apparently was the source for mammoth stones used by Herod to build the Second Temple.  The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) discovered the quarry prior to the planned construction of apartment buildings on Shmuel HaNavi Street.  Read more >>


Passage Found, May Have Been Used by Abraham

A Jerusalem walkway from the times of the Patriarch Abraham, protected by a wall of large rocks, has been discovered, and will be displayed to the public on Thursday.

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