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By Michael James | Information about the history of the people who lived in ancient Canaan, Israel, Judah, Palestine and the Middle East.

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 …


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 …


'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 …


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 …


Photos: 1st-Century House from Jesus' Hometown

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


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 …

Storm uncovers massive Byzantine pot on beach

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

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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” …


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 …

The Bible

Bethsaida Excavations Reveal Possible Royal Escape Tunnel


Anastylosis at Machaerus, Where John the Baptist was Beheaded

Győző Vörös details the restoration work taking place at Machaerus—giving archaeological context to the New Testament episode featuring Princess …

Archaeologists Uncover Possible Royal Escape Tunnel at Biblical Site

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.

Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus’s trial in Jerusalem

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 …


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 …

Ancient Civilization

Antiquities Authority finds 1,600-year-old glass bracelet with menorah inscription

Glass fragment from late Roman and early Byzantine periods found during Hanukka in Mt. Carmel National Park.


Synagogue where Jesus likely preached uncovered in Israel - Archaeology

DPA - Some would call it luck, others coincidence. Father Eamon Kelly calls it "providence."

When his Catholic organization, the Legions of Christ, …


Unique entry complex discovered at Herodian Hilltop Palace | האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים | The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hebrew University archaeologists unearth 20-meter-high corridor at Herodium National Park

Archaeologists from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's

Middle East

New Archaeology Supports Existence of King David

Detractors of the biblical text like to assert that its passages are filled with little more than folklore and myth. But new archaeological finds …


MSU department announces major archaeological find


Evidence of 8,000-year-old olive oil found in Galilee

Pottery fragments uncovered by archaeologists suggest olive oil was used in Israel in the Copper Age; it is the most ancient indication yet of oil

Olive Oil

‘Homely’ ancient rock adds evidence of King David’s existence

House of David inscription, part of the “Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. …


2,800-Year-Old Farm House Unearthed in Israel

Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have uncovered the remains of an ancient farm house near the city of Rosh Ha-Ayin in …

Gifts of the Magi


The most iconic scene in the nativity

Guided by a bright new star in the East the Three Wise Men – also known as the Magi or the Three Kings – …


The discovery of a mass baby grave under Roman bathhouse in Ashkelon, Israel

Along the shores of Israel's Mediterranean coast, in the ancient seaport of Ashkelon, archaeologist Ross Voss made a gruesome find. While exploring …

Middle East