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 History Revealed through Archeology

  • 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.
  • 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.
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