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 History Revealed through Archeology

  • 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.
  • Byzantine monastery uncovered in northern Negev

    08 May 2014
    The structure, measuring 20 × 35 meters, is divided into halls built along an east-west axis, the most outstanding of which are the prayer hall and dining room due to the breathtaking mosaic carpets
  • Late Bronze Age artifacts found in the Jezreel Valley

    09 Apr 2014
    A 3,300-year-old coffin containing the personal belongings of a wealthy Canaanite and a gold signet ring bearing the name of the Egyptian pharaoh Seti I were among the rare finds.
  • Oldest masks in the world at Israel Museum

    12 Mar 2014
    Exhibited together for the first time ever are 12 Neolithic ancestor-worship masks unearthed in the Judean Hills and Judean Desert.
  • Archaeological Excavations in Israel 2014

    02 Mar 2014
    The excavation details have been published by the archaeologists in charge of the individual expeditions. This is a preliminary list. Additional digs will be added as the information becomes available.
  • Israel Museum's 'Herod the Great' show

    27 Feb 2014
    World's first exhibition on the life and legacy of Herod the Great, a grand builder and megalomaniac who died in 4 BCE.
  • 2,300-year-old village discovered near "Burma Road"

    18 Feb 2014
    The remnants of a rural settlement that was occupied for approximately two centuries during the Second Temple Period were uncovered from August 2013 – January 2014.
  • 300,000-year-old hearth found in Qesem Cave

    27 Jan 2014
    These findings help us to fix an important turning point in the development of human culture – that in which humans first began to regularly use fire both for cooking meat and as a focal point for social gatherings.
  • Byzantine church with splendid mosaic discovered

    22 Jan 2014
    The discovery was made during a salvage excavation as part of development work by the Israel Land Authority prior to the construction of a new neighborhood
 
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