Archaeology

Israel’s rich biblical history can be found in the country’s archaeology. The Jerusalem Post shares the latest on archaeological excavations at significant biblical and historical sites in Israel and the region.

Steps are seen in a cave at the Sisters of Nazareth site.
Prof. hopes report on Jesus's home will focus attention on cave churches
The altar to the Greek god Pan is seen at a Byzantine church in Banyas.
Altar to Greek god found in wall of Byzantine church raises questions
First Temple-era gold granule bead
3000-year-old temple-era gold bead found by 9-year-old Jerusalem boy
The first century house is seen at the Sisters of Nazareth site.
Have archaeologists found Jesus's childhood home in Nazareth?
Field director Roey Nickelsberg.
How are archaeologists using hi-tech during the coronavirus era?
Remains of two men who died in the volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in 79 AD are discovered in a dig carried out during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Pompeii, Italy November 18, 2020. Picture taken November 18, 2020. Luigi Spina/Handout via REUTERS
Pompeii's ruins yield scalded bodies of rich man and slave
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Ofri Eitan of the Kfar Hanasi pre-military Academi next to the engraved stone
King David-era fort found in Israel's Golan Heights
Seal with the image of Apollo.
2,000-year-old gem seal depicting Greek god Apollo found under City of David
A replica of a find from Jerusalem, shows a heel bone pierced with an iron nail, believed to be the bone of Yehohanan Ben Hagkol, during a media tour presenting significant findings from that time, at Israel's National Treasures Storeroom, in Beit Shemesh.
Jerusalem geologist believes we have the nails used for crucifixion
jars and complete objects from the Second Temple period discovered in archaeological digs at Beit El.
Second Temple period jars and complete clay objects unearthed in Beit El
Einalem Mengesto, who works at the Faitlovitch Collection.
Ethiopian Jewry's biblical texts are disappearing. TAU is saving them.
Lone wolf in the Negev
Negev trash mounds reveal secrets of ancient agriculture
A microscopic fish tapeworm egg found in the medieval latrine at Riga.
Medieval Jerusalem latrine may hold secrets of modern-era gut diseases
A pot-lid, flake and blade (not to scale). Each was produced at a different temperature.
Israeli study finds ancient hominins used fire to make tools
Archaeologists dig at the site in Beersheba.
6,500-year-old 'furnace' discovered in Beersheba
Abd Elghani Ibrahim of the Israel Antiquities Authority, at the site of the excavated mikveh near Kibbutz Hannaton.
Ancient ritual bath makes journey to new kibbutz home
Ortal Harush with one of the Iron-Age jars found in Khirbet Qeiyafa
Modern scans may show traces of the original dimensions of the ‘tefach’
Rare masthead from ancient shipwreck found in northern Israel
Rare masthead from ancient shipwreck found in northern Israel
The Nefud desert in the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula
Footprints in Saudi Arabia could prove humans were there 120,000 years ago
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Rare finding supports idea of high literacy rates among biblical Jews
Ayman Hussien, a guard of Famine Stela, or "Rock of Starvation", sits near the rock, initially attributed to the reign of King Djoser (Third Dynasty), during a shortage of the Nile flood that led to a seven-year drought and famine, on the Nile's Sehel Island at Aswan, Egypt February 21, 2020
Ancient inscription reminds modern Egypt of drought risk
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Hebrew ostraca from Arad.
TAU: Tel Arad texts show literacy in Kingdom of Judah was widespread
Workers dig at the Tel Megiddo Archaeological site in northern Israel July 24, 2018.
US archeologists barred from digging in Israel due to coronavirus
Penitents place a statue of Jesus Christ on top of a float during the Palm Sunday procession of the "Estudiantes" brotherhood in Oviedo, northern Spain
Site of Jesus’s miracles may have moved over time, expert says
Artifacts found beneath the Legacy Hotel Nazareth
Unique archaeological findings displayed in a Nazareth hotel
A team of archaeologists, led by Prof. Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology and Prof. Michael Hasel at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, revealed extensive ruins of a Canaanite temple dating
A 12th century Canaanite fortress excavated near Gal On opens to public
A 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible,was unveiled at the Museum of the Bible on November 8, 2019.
Rare 'Damascus Crowns' to remain in Israel's National Library
Aerial photo of Tell es-Safi/Gath.
Chemical ‘time-machine’ to tie Israel’s ancient people with modern land
Ancient pottery at the Institute of Archaeology at the Tel Aviv University.
2,500-year-old pottery shows close ties between ancient Israel and Turkey
Givati Parking Lot Excavation at the City of David, Jerusalem.
The ashes of Jerusalem's biblical fall still show at dig near Old City
Tel Rosh archaeological site in the Galilee
Archaeologists propose new identification for biblical Tel Rosh
Excavations conducted in the Ashtam Square in the Old City of Safed.
From 16th century well to ‘48 war, centuries of history unveiled in Safed
Second Temple Period stone table unearthed in the site of Khirbet Kefar Mur near Beit El in the West Bank
Second Temple Period stone table unearthed near Beit El
The ancient soapery discovered in an Israeli excavation
Bedouin community unearth oldest soap ‘factory’ in Israel
Human skull covered with plaster from Beisamoun in Hula Valley.
Evidence of most ancient cremation in Near East found in Israel
An Ibex stands on a cliff-edge above the Ramon Crater in southern Israel's Negev desert March 5, 2012.
Inscriptions, milestones shed light on ‘lost’ part of Negev trade route
Nitsan Shalom, area supervisor of E3 upper working in the field at the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition.
Archaeologist moms are provided with a babysitter at Azekah biblical dig
View from Har Meron looking NNE over the Dalton Plateau.
Galilee’s geography backs historicity of Salomon’s kingdom, scholar says
Mount Adir, in the upper Galilee
Mysterious fortress may hold key to solve enigmas of biblical Galilee
Yuval Baruch.
Meet the man in charge of archaeology in Jerusalem
Folded wheel-made lamp
In Hasmonean times, lamps and burials became a symbol of Jewish identity
Flints found near Dimona, in the Negev, summer 2020
100,000 years ago, modern humans leaving Africa passed through the Negev
Tools made of stone found at the Dimona site
100,000 years ago, modern humans leaving Africa crossed the Negev
A clay head dated to the 10th century BC, found at Khirbet Qeiyafa
Hebrew U. archaeologist says he found 'face of God'
Outdoor exhibition "Ashkelon - The city and the sea"
New outdoor exhibit showcases rich history of ancient Ashkelon
View of the Arsuf battlefield
Third Crusade site where Christian forces defeated Muslim army identified
Ancient pottery at the Institute of Archaeology at the Tel Aviv University.
Jerusalem vs. Tel Aviv and the battle over Israel’s biblical archaeology
Mud brick from Neve Yam
Underwater bricks show skills of prehistoric inhabitants of Israel
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Could archeology and modern medicine help validate the Bible?
Archaeologists discover 2000-year-old unique complex by the Western Wall
Archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old unique complex by the Western Wall
Site of newly-discovered Jesus image at the Byzantine site of Shivta
The enigma behind the 1,500-year-old Christian communities in the Negev
Students Maayan Cohen and Michelle Creisher examine the pottery near the bulkhead at Ma‘agan Mikhael B shipwreck.
Christian, Muslim symbols found in 7th century shipwreck in Israel
Aerial view of the excavations at Shiloh.
What happens to West Bank archaeological sites under Trump’s plan?
A team of archaeologists, led by Prof. Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology and Prof. Michael Hasel at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, revealed extensive ruins of a Canaanite temple dating
Trump peace plan puts hundreds of biblical sites under Palestinian rule
A yellow pit viper snake drinks water droplets on a flower at the Dhupguri snake park
Archaeologists reveal ancient Israel ‘prehistoric snack’
Dr. Joe Uziel of the Israel Antiquities Authority sits on the steps of the theater-shaped building uncovered in the area of Wilson's Arch by the Western Wall.
New study dates Temple arch at 2,000-years-old
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