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 History Revealed through Archeology

  • Rare Byzantine-period mosaic discovered

    30 Sep 2015
    A rare 1,500 year old mosaic depicting ancient streets and buildings in Egypt has been discovered in Qiryat Gat. The unique mosaic served as the floor of a church dating to the Byzantine period.
  • Have we uncovered the Tomb of the Maccabees?

    21 Sep 2015
    The magnificent mausoleum at the Horbat Ha-Gardi site, believed 150 years ago to be the Tomb of the Maccabees, was once again excavated, this time utilizing the tools of modern research, revealing magnificent burial vaults and enormous pillars.
  • History comes alive in Jerusalem

    20 Sep 2015
    The Tower of David's ancient walls are the screens for projected colors and moving images that tell the story of Jerusalem.
  • Rare sarcophagus exposed in Ashkelon building site

    03 Sep 2015
    The sarcophagus, one of the most important and beautiful to be exposed in the country in the past generation, was severely damaged when building contractors improperly removed it from the ground.
  • A 2,000 year old podium in the City of David?

    31 Aug 2015
    A unique stepped structure exposed on the street ascending from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount raises questions among researchers at the Israel Antiquities Authority.
  • Has the Baron de Rothschild's lost ship been found?

    12 Aug 2015
    Baron de Rothschild's lost ship was one of three carrying raw materials from France to the Baron's glass factory near Zichron Yaakov. The ship vanished without a trace in the late 19th century. Has it now been found more than a century later?
  • Mystery in Jerusalem: Rare ancient message

    05 Aug 2015
    A rare ancient encoded message was discovered in an underground cave in Jerusalem, in a ritual bath dating to the Second Temple period. At this point in the research the inscriptions are a mystery, but may shed light on the lives of our ancestors.
  • Remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilna rediscovered

    29 Jul 2015
    The remains of the Great Synagogue and Shulhof of Vilna, identified in a Ground Penetrating Radar survey, will be uncovered in an archaeological excavation and displayed as part of a memorial for the magnificent Jewish community of Vilna
  • World's oldest Lamentation Scroll displayed for Tisha B'Av

    26 Jul 2015
    For the first time, fragments from the world's oldest discovered Lamentation Scroll were displayed in the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. The book is recited annually on the Ninth day of Av to commemorate the destruction of the Temples.
  • Rare ancient Hebrew scroll deciphered

    20 Jul 2015
    Modern technologies made it possible for the first time to read the contents of a burnt scroll that was found forty five years ago in archaeological excavations at Ein Gedi, on the western shore of the Dead Sea.
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