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Section of Ancient Jerusalem’s Lower Aqueduct Discovered

“With Joy Shall Ye Draw Water…”

By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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Section of 2,000-year-old aqueduct discovered near HaHoma in southern Jerusalem.

A section …

Archaeology

Innocent boys meticulously excavated 1,400-year-old winepress in Israel

Some young boys in Israel took great care in excavating a winepress about 1,400 years old, not realizing they were doing anything wrong. The Israel …

Middle East

How did Abraham get from Mesapotamia to the Promised Land?

‘The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you… Abram… took his wife Sarai,

Archaeology

Oldest complete copy of Ten Commandments goes on display in Israel

AP — The world’s oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel’s leading museum in an exhibit tracing …

Middle East

Ancient Pottery Shards Analyzed by Israeli Scientists Seem to Support Biblical Narrative

Israeli archaeologists, mathematicians and physicists are joining forces to uncover the meaning behind inscriptions found on pottery fragments believed to be more than 2,500 years old.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Wednesday that a Tel Aviv University team has been examining pieces of First …

Middle East

Researcher casts doubt on sea peoples theory

University of Tübingen doctoral candidate Jesse Millek has been honoured for his research, which questions the controversial theory of the “sea …

Ancient Synagogues in Israel and the Diaspora

The Golan synagogue dates to the Second Temple Period—before the Roman destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E. Like other ancient synagogues in Israel, …

Ancient Civilization

In one room in Jerusalem, 2,700 years of history

Beneath a former Ottoman prison in Jerusalem’s Old City, layers of ancient history were uncovered. (Hamutal Wachtel)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — When Amit Re’em …

Jerusalem

Newfound scarabs highlights the Pharoahs’ power in Canaan

Scarabs bearing the signet of the pharaoh, clear signs of ancient Egypt’s erstwhile hegemony over Bronze Age Canaan, emerged from a cave in southern …

Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Fortifications at Coastal Site in Israel

An international team of archaeologists has uncovered remains of a massive Iron Age period fortification wall and enclosure at the coastal …

An Authentic 1st Century Jerusalem Burial Shroud

CNN focused on the question of the authenticity of the controversial "Shroud of Turin," in the first episode of its new pre-Easter series "Finding Jesus." Those challenging the authenticity of this ancient relic point to carbon dating tests done at three independent labs in 1988 that dated samples …

Archaeology

Ramses II Pharaoh of Exodus: researcher says

CAIRO: Either Ramses II or his son Merenpetah may be the Pharoah referenced in the story of the Exodus, according to a recent thesis by an Egyptian …

Egypt

'Only one of its kind' bronze mask of the god Pan unearthed

The mask of the ancient god was discovered while archaeologists from the University of Haifa were digging at an ancient basalt armory outside …

Archaeology

Ancient hoard of coins and jewelry found in Israel

Cave explorers in Israel have uncovered a small trove of coins and jewellery from the time of Alexander the Great that archaeologists believe was …

Tel ‘Eton Excavations Reveal Possible Judahite Administrative Center

The site of Tel ‘Eton sat at an important juncture in antiquity. Photo: Courtesy the Tel ‘Eton Excavations.

Archaeological work at the site of Tel …

Archaeologists Return to Unearth Base of the Roman Sixth Legion

Other than agriculture, very little can be seen in the field of el-Manach. It is quiet and flat, the soil clearly worked as any farmer’s field would …

1st-Century House from Jesus' Hometown

A home built into a rocky hillside in Nazareth, Jesus' hometown, was regarded as the place where Jesus was brought up by Mary and Joseph. …

Jesus

Archaeologists Unearth Possible Ancient Judean Administrative Center

An archaeological team has uncovered remains of what may have been an administrative center during the period when Judahite kings ruled out of …

Archaeology

Storm uncovers massive Byzantine pot on beach

Archaeologists brave weather to save dolium dating back 1,500 years, estimate more items will be uncovered

Archaeology

Archaeologists excavate fortified site from ancient Kingdom of Judah

An archaeological team is excavating a site that is showing evidence of having been a fortified settlement belonging to the kingdom of Judah both …

Archaeology

The “High Place” at Tel Gezer

Tel Gezer’s first excavator, R.A.S. Macalister, believed these ten monumental standing stones were part of a Middle Bronze Age Canaanite “high place” …

Archaeology

Ancient Tablets From Jews' Exile To Babylonia Translated And Made Public For The First Time

A two-day, international symposium, “Jerusalem In Babylonia,” celebrating the publication of this volume, will be held February 2-3, 2015, at the

Ancient Civilization

10 Great Biblical Artifacts at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem

There are a number of artifacts related to Biblical archaeology in museums across the world. One of these museums is the Bible Lands Museum …

Bible

Bethsaida Excavations Reveal Possible Royal Escape Tunnel

Aerial view of the Iron Age palace at Bethsaida. The red arrow indicates the path of a possible escape tunnel leading from the palace to the city …

Prehistory

Anastylosis at Machaerus, Where John the Baptist was Beheaded

Who beheaded John the Baptist in the Bible? What were the circumstances of his death? This famous Biblical episode—the notorious dance that ended in …

John the Baptist

Archaeologists Uncover Possible Royal Escape Tunnel at Biblical Site

A team of archaeologists excavating at the ancient site best known as Bethsaida not far from the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee have …

Western Wall Rubble: Caused by Fourth-Century Earthquake?

Archaeologist Shimon Gibson believes a fourth-century earthquake, not the Romans, caused stones to topple from the Western Wall. Photo: Emil …

Archaeology

Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus’s trial in Jerusalem - The Washington Post

JERUSALEM — It started 15 years ago with plans to expand the Tower of David Museum. But the story took a strange turn when archaeologists started peeling away layers under the floor in an old abandoned building adjacent to the museum in Jerusalem’s Old City.

They knew it had been used as a prison …

Archaeology

Mark W. Chavalas: Ancient fragments shed light on biblical history

In 1993, a basalt stone fragment inscribed with about a dozen lines of text was found by a Hebrew Union College expedition to Tel Dan — the biblical …

Galilee