Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 History Revealed through Archeology

  • 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.
  • Roman legion camp uncovered at Megiddo

    09 Jul 2015
    During the 2013 excavation season, the Jezreel Valley Regional Project teamed up with Israeli archaeologist Yotam Tepper to expose a Roman camp just south of Tel Megiddo. The just completed second season has uncovered new finds.
  • Bet She'arim - Israel's 9th World Heritage Site

    06 Jul 2015
    On Sunday (July 4, 2015), UNESCO's World Heritage Conference declared the necropolis of Bet She'arim located in the lower Galilee and dating from the 2nd century BCE a World Heritage Site.
  • 2000-year-old mikve found under living room floor

    01 Jul 2015
    An ancient ritual bath (mikve) found during renovations in a living room in Ein Kerem reinforces the hypothesis there was a Jewish settlement located in the vicinity during the Second Temple period. It is rock-hewn and meticulously plastered.
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