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.

A partial view of the ancient archaeological site of Pompeii is pictured in front of Mount Vesuvius April 17, 2014

Archaeologists uncover ancient ceremonial carriage near Pompeii

Excavations of ancient copper mines as part of Tel Aviv University’s Central Timna Valley Project. Copper production technologies and the organization of the industry reflect the society responsible for this enterprise

Findings at Timna change what we know of biblical history

Ancient sarcophagi found at the Ramat Gan Safari Park.

Was a Pagan couple buried in ancient Bnei Brak some 1,800 years ago?

Mount Ebal and an explanation of its standing at the altar

Is the site damaged by Palestinian road works Joshua's Altar?

The archaeological site known as Joshua's Altar in the West Bank.

Gantz bans FADC from inspecting damage to Joshua's altar site

Freshly baked bread cools at a bakery in Beirut, Lebanon June 30, 2020.

How did ancient Egyptians bake? After 54 loaves, scholar finds answers

An aerial view of the biblical site of Joshua's altar on Mount Ebal.

Prophet Joshua's Mount Ebal altar site harmed by Palestinian road work

Coin obverse with head of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius

1800-year-old coin found by soldier offers look at ancient life in Israel

Marble funerary shrine with the four-year old child Tiberius Natronius Venustus.

Archaeologists discover friends of Caesars inside Vatican City

The bone featuring the world's oldest symbols unearthed in Israel.

World's oldest ‘emojis’ unearthed at prehistoric site in Israel

Olives

Israeli teams discover ancient olive-eating practices below the sea

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Wool fibers dyed with Royal Purple,~1000 BCE, Timna Valley, Israel.

Biblical ‘royal purple’ found at Timna offers look at King David wardrobe

Valeria Fenik works at a digging site in the Givati Parking Lot excavation grounds, at the City of David National Park, on July 22, 2019. The most recent digging site currently under work is attributed to the Muslim, Byzantine, and early Roman periods.

Ancient marketplace in Tiberias may have been one of Islam's first mosques

The cistern where the grenade was discovered in Jerusalem.

Hand grenade from World War I unearthed in Jerusalem

The building where the inscription “Christ born of Mary" was uncovered in excavation at et-Taiyiba, Jezreel Valley

Ancient ‘Christ, born of Mary’ inscription unearthed in northern Israel

A chopping tool from prehistoric site Revadim.

Prehistoric Ashdodites used chopping tools to eat bone marrow – study

A facsimile of the Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, is displayed inside the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem September 26, 2011. Developed in partnership with Google, the Israel Museum on Monday launched its Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to explore t

Did Qumran Jews use Torah scrolls 2,000 years ago? Plot thickens - study

A coffin, part of a recent discovery from the Saqqara necropolis, is seen south of Cairo

Egypt unveils 3000-year-old coffins in latest archaeological discovery

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The oldest abrasion tool ever found, it is about 350,000 years old and was discovered in Tabun Cave on Mount Carmel.

World's first food processor, from 350,000 years ago, found near Haifa

A cross section of a model olive-tree branch used to help date the Santorini volcanic eruption.

Weizmann scientists date Santorini eruption with modern olive branch

Worshippers attend a mass at the Franciscan Church that was reopened after landmines were removed at the Qasr el-Yahud site, near Jericho, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, January 10, 2021.

Mine-free River Jordan shrine ends 50 year wait for Epiphany

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A restorer works on a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a laboratory at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

Last member of original Dead Sea Scrolls research team dies from COVID-19

Lights are reflected in the Mediterranean Sea, as a view of Jaffa Port is seen at sunset, in Jaffa, Israel June 16, 2019. Picture taken June 16, 2019

Archaeological dig in Jaffa unearths 3,800-year-old baby buried in a jar

Head of Saint John the Baptist on a Charger, painted by Dutch Reneissance painter Albrecht Bouts.

Archaeologists find dance floor where John the Baptist was condemned

The stone bearing a Greek inscription found by chance in the Negev.

Ancient Greek inscription found by chance in the Negev

A view of the northwestern Ashkelon area.

Siege ramp from Crusader era still protects Ashkelon

Tel Aviv beach in the summer.

Archaeologists discover massive tsunami hit Israel during Neolithic era

Drilling barge in the Dead Sea, 2010.

Israel to be soon hit by a destructive and deadly earthquake, study shows

350,000-year-old game pieces made by Homo Sapiens, discovered by Haifa University

Earliest evidence for stone grinding tool dates back 350,000 years

The bronze sculpture of Boadicea and Her Daughters in London, created by Thomas Thornycroft.

War coin trove linked to ancient rebellion led by Queen Boudicca found in UK

The tunnels beneath the Western Wall.

Jerusalem Old City tunnels receive international recognition

A view of a mass in memory of the late Pope John Paul II in front of the sepulchre in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old city.

Jesus’ birthplace became a pilgrimage site earlier than previously thought

Excavations in Megiddo (Area K, where some of the investigated graves were discovered)

Sweet-toothed Canaanites imported exotic food to Israel 3,600-years ago

A wheelbarrow filled with stones that were recovered near Jerusalem's Old City is seen during a demonstration for Reuters in Jerusalem

Archaeologists recreate tiles of temple where Jesus walked

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The Holy Grail (illustrative).

Amateur UK archaeologist: Holy Grail in secret crypt in West London river

The Islamic-era candle mold found in Tiberias.

Islamic-era candle molds found near Tiberias

Ceramic oil lamps and stone lamp molds for their production were found along with terracotta figurines, December, 2020

Ancient oil-lamp workshop sheds light on Roman-era Jews and Christians

Seal imprinted with a figure of a roaring lion standing on all fours

2,300-year-old Iron Age seal found in Israeli market

Photo of two men sitting together shows Prof. Jeff Chadwick (BYU) and Prof. Aren Maeir (BIU) at the nature park entrance to Tell es-Safi, site of the ancient biblical city of Gath

Tall tales: Research examines Goliath's true height

The faint marks of one of the menorahs can be seen drawn in cistern at al-Alilyat cliffs near Mukhmas

Rare menorah engraving dates back to Hasmonean era

A view from the Jerusalem excavation site in the City of David‏

Israel wins international tunneling award for archaeology

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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