History Revealed through Archeology
Rare seal of the Monastery of St. Sabas excavated27 May 2014St. 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 revealed14 May 2014Count 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 Negev08 May 2014The 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 Valley09 Apr 2014A 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 Museum12 Mar 2014Exhibited together for the first time ever are 12 Neolithic ancestor-worship masks unearthed in the Judean Hills and Judean Desert.
Archaeological Excavations in Israel 201402 Mar 2014The 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.
Israel Museum's 'Herod the Great' show27 Feb 2014World's first exhibition on the life and legacy of Herod the Great, a grand builder and megalomaniac who died in 4 BCE.
2,300-year-old village discovered near "Burma Road"18 Feb 2014The remnants of a rural settlement that was occupied for approximately two centuries during the Second Temple Period were uncovered from August 2013 – January 2014.
300,000-year-old hearth found in Qesem Cave27 Jan 2014These findings help us to fix an important turning point in the development of human culture – that in which humans first began to regularly use fire both for cooking meat and as a focal point for social gatherings.
Byzantine church with splendid mosaic discovered22 Jan 2014The discovery was made during a salvage excavation as part of development work by the Israel Land Authority prior to the construction of a new neighborhood