Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 History Revealed through Archeology

  • 55,000-year-old human skull uncovered

    29 Jan 2015
    The rare find indicates that today’s human population originated in Africa and migrated from there c. 65,000 years ago, making it, according to researchers, one of the most important discoveries in the study of human evolution.
  • Original appearance of Declaration of Independence re-created

    06 Jan 2015
    In a joint initiative of the Israel State Archives and the IAA, the Declaration of Independence was photographed using an innovative technique to re-create the document’s original appearance and preserve it for future generations
  • Preserving the past, ensuring the future

    25 Dec 2014
    ​Preservation of the wealth of cultural values – historical/archaeological, landscape, urban, architectural and artistic, as well as social and religious - is the goal of the projects initiated by the IAA’s Conservation Department.
  • Archaeological Excavations in Israel 2015

    21 Dec 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.
  • Unique entry complex discovered at Herodian palace

    18 Dec 2014
    Archaeologists from the Hebrew University have discovered a monumental entryway to the Herodian hilltop palace at Herodium. The main feature is an impressive corridor with a system of arches spanning its width on three separate levels.
  • 8,000-year-old olive oil discovered in Galilee

    17 Dec 2014
    According to the excavation directors, "This is the earliest evidence of the use of olive oil in the country, and perhaps the entire Mediterranean basin." Olive oil was already part of the diet and may also have been used for lighting.
  • Impressive 2,800-year-old farm house uncovered

    15 Dec 2014
    The farm, which is extraordinarily well preserved, was built in the eighth century BCE, the time of the Assyrian conquest.
  • New archaeological finds at Hippos-Sussita

    20 Nov 2014
    Archeologists uncovered a skeleton of a woman with a dove-shaped pendant under a collapsed roof. They also found a large muscular marble leg and artillery ammunition from 2,000 years ago, silent evidence of a large earthquake in 363 CE.
  • Dig Quest: Israel

    20 Nov 2014
    The Dead Sea Scrolls, the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century, are now available on your iPhone and iPad as the Israel Antiquities Authority launches its first App featuring archaeology games and puzzles for kids.
  • Tower of David opens Kishle and moat to public

    12 Nov 2014
    The Tower of David Museum invites the general public to come, enjoy and explore the moat and the Kishle building which will be open for the first time to the general public since it has been renovated.
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