Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 History Revealed through Archeology

  • 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.
  • 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.
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