Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 History Revealed through Archeology

  • 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.
  • Who Are You, Eshba'al Ben Beda'?

    16 Jun 2015
    This is the first time that the name Eshba'al has appeared on an ancient inscription in the country. Eshba'al Ben Shaul, who ruled over Israel at the same time as David, is known from the Bible.
  • 1,500 year old church uncovered near Jerusalem road

    10 Jun 2015
    Discovery made during archaeological excavations prior to upgrade of Highway 1 to Jerusalem. According to archaeologists, the church was part of an ancient road station frequented by travelers between Jerusalem and the coastal plain.
  • The Museums of Israel Online

    08 Jun 2015
    The new national museum portal is a gateway that allows the general public around the world to simply, easily and quickly access the collections of Israel’s museums online on any computer, tablet or Smartphone.
  • 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.
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