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 History Revealed through Archeology

  • Israel National Treasures artifacts accessible online

    21 Oct 2014
    The site, which currently comprises some 5,700 artifacts, contains hi-resolution images from the collections of the National Treasures, ranging from the Paleolithic period until the Ottoman period.
  • Inscription dedicated to Hadrian found in Jerusalem

    21 Oct 2014
    A rare find of tremendous historical significance was discovered in Jerusalem: a fragment of a stone engraved with an official Latin inscription dedicated to the Roman emperor Hadrian.
  • Archaeological Excavations in Israel 2015

    19 Oct 2014
    Many archaeologists enlist volunteer help on their digs. Usually, no previous experience is necessary. This list of digs in Israel which accept volunteers is compiled by the Israel Foreign Ministry as a service to the public.
  • Ancient ritual bath exposed at Ha-Ela Junction

    07 Oct 2014
    An ancient ritual bath and graffiti left by Australian soldiers during the Second World War were exposed at Ha-Ela Junction.
  • Israel Museum displays rare Byzantine antiquities

    30 Sep 2014
    A rare cache of Byzantine-era antiquities discovered in 2013, including the largest gold medallion with Judaic symbols known in existence, are on public display for the first time in a focused exhibition at The Israel Museum.
  • Touring Tiberias

    23 Sep 2014
    ‘We have something for every faith and every kind of person who comes here,’ says the city’s US-born hotel association director.
  • Byzantine oil & wine press, mosaics in Bet Shemesh

    18 Sep 2014
    Clues to the world hidden underground resulted in an extensive archaeological excavation that exposed prosperous life dating to the Byzantine period which was previously unknown, including a large oil press in a rare state of preservation.
  • Hoard of coins from Great Revolt discovered

    05 Aug 2014
    The hoard, kept in a ceramic money box, included 114 bronze coins from the Year Four of the Great Revolt against the Romans, which led to the destruction of the Temple on Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the month of Av) c. 2,000 years ago today
  • Rare seal of the Monastery of St. Sabas excavated

    27 May 2014
    St. Sabas, or according to his Syriac name, Mar Saba, was one of the most important and influential leaders of the Christian monastic movement developing in the Judean Desert during the Byzantine period.
  • Jerusalem's Crusader history revealed

    14 May 2014
    Count De Piellat adorned the walls of the hospital and its ceiling with huge paintings portraying Crusader knights in their armor and wearing swords. Alongside these giant figures he painted the heraldry of the French knights’ families.
 
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