Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 History Revealed through Archeology

  • Earliest known depiction of music scene in Israel

    26 May 2015
    Appearing on a seal impression from 5,000 years ago, it portrays a "sacred marriage" between the king and a goddess in Mesopotamia with music and dancing, a banquet, a meeting between the king and the goddess and their sexual union.
  • Section of ancient Jerusalem aqueduct exposed

    21 May 2015
    The lower aqueduct to Jerusalem, which the Hasmonean kings constructed more than 2,000 years ago in order to provide water to Jerusalem, operated intermittently until about one hundred years ago.
  • Israel Post issues Cyrus Declaration stamp

    16 Apr 2015
    In 539 BCE, after uniting the Persian and Median kingdoms under his rule, King Cyrus subdued the Babylonian Empire. In 538 BCE King Cyrus made a public declaration granting the Jews the right to return to Judah and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.
  • Beit Guvrin declared UNESCO World Heritage site

    15 Apr 2015
    Calling Beit Guvrin a "microcosm of the land of the caves," UNESCO noted that the site "on the crossroads of trade routes to Mesopotamia and Egypt, bears witness to the region's tapestry of cultures and their evolution over more than 2,000 years."
  • Archaeological Excavations in Israel 2015

    12 Apr 2015
    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.
  • Years after "Exodus from Egypt", Egyptian culture influences Israelites

    01 Apr 2015
    An archaeological excavation conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in a cave near Tel Halif revealed seals, figurines and amulets in the image of gods sacred to Egyptian culture, indicating the presence of an administrative center in the region.
  • Tel Aviv - the city of beer?

    29 Mar 2015
    Fragments of ancient pottery vessels used to prepare beer were discovered in excavations in Tel Aviv: 5,000 years ago, the Egyptians appreciated what the Tel Aviv region had to offer and enjoyed a glass of beer, just as Tel Avivians do today.
  • Bronze mask of Pan uncovered at Hippos-Sussita

    19 Mar 2015
    Bronze masks of this size are extremely rare as most of the known bronze masks from the period are miniature and usually do not depict Pan or any of the other Greek or Roman mythological images.
  • 2,300-year-old cache uncovered in northern cave

    09 Mar 2015
    A cache of rare coins and silver and bronze objects were uncovered in a large stalactite cave in northern Israel by members of the Israeli Caving Club - one of the important discoveries to come to light in the north of the country in recent years.
  • Masks, rattles and Purim customs

    04 Mar 2015
    The custom of dressing up when celebrating the holiday of Purim, which enhances the joyousness of the festival, is based on folk traditions and the story in the Book of Esther.
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