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.

Egypt finds ancient military vessel, Greek graves in sunken city

A funerary complex that proves presence of Greek merchants has been found in what was once one Egypt's largest port.

By REUTERS
19/07/2021

Egyptian bronze figurines shed light on ancient commerce

The study traced the copper in the bronze to today's Israel and Jordan.

Cryptic 2,700 year-old pig skeleton found in Jerusalem’s City of David

The remains of the animal were found in a luxurious First Temple Period building. Was it there to be eaten?

1,600-year-old mummified sheep found in Iranian salt mine

The salt of the Chehrabad mine works to naturally preserve corpses in a mummification process, as the salt absorbs the water from the corpse, preventing the soft tissues from decaying.

The section of the wall that was exposed.

Archaeologists find part of Jerusalem’s wall destroyed ahead of 9th of Av

In 586 BCE, the Babylonians breached into the city and tore down the Temple, but a part of the wall survived.

8,000-year-old musical instrument found in northwest Turkey

Instrument unearthed in Bahçelievler, a residential suburb on the outskirts of Istanbul.

The 2,000-year-old coins that date back to the period of the Jewish revolts against the Romans, July

2,000-year-old ‘Freedom to Zion’ coins found in biblical heartland

The coins, dated to around the Second Temple and Bar Kochba revolt periods, document the Jewish revolt against the Romans.

3,000-year-old inscription bearing name of biblical judge found in Israel

This discovery offers important insights on the connection between the biblical text and historical reality, the researchers said.

Thousands of medieval Islamic tombs found in galactic pattern

The tombs in eastern Sudan were spaced out in a way that the researchers could not easily interpret, until they found a model for studying patterns of stars and galaxies.

Underground Nazi bunker discovered in Lublin, Poland

While working on an underground parking lot, construction workers found bullets used by Nazi and Soviet troops.

Lavish Second Temple period building found by Western Wall in Jerusalem

The structure, located adjacent to the Wall, was probably built around 20 or 30 CE, only a few decades before the Temple was destroyed by the Romans.

Israel is a crossroads for human evolution

ARCHAEOLOGICAL AFFAIRS: Archaeologists find that the Holy Land’s 1.5 million-year-long human presence still has secrets to reveal.

A whale shark swims next to volunteer divers after they removed abandoned fishing net that was cover

Did someone collect prehistoric shark teeth in Jerusalem’s City of David?

At least 20 shark teeth were found in a structure near the Gihon spring that was probably part of the original water system in the Old City of Jerusalem.

How a bone puzzle helped identify new type of prehistoric human in Israel

Some 17 fragments of a mandible, a tooth and a piece of skull were the key to allow researchers to find out about the ‘Nesher Ramla Homo.’

How were people buried 2,000 years ago? New evidence

The coffin, which was buried facing north — suggesting a pagan burial, contained one body in a prone position with partial remains of another person at the feet of the prone remains.

3,000-year-old infinity pool used for religious rituals

The pool, found in northern Italy, made people feel as if they were being transported to another realm, leading researchers to compare it to Stonehenge.

The scholar who defied odds to unveil the treasures of the Cairo Genizah - Book Review

Stefan Reif brings post-World War II Edinburgh to life, conveying in indelible verbal images that are unstintingly honest what conditions were like in that bygone era for a child of Jewish immigrants

By YAKIR FELDMAN
01/07/2021

5,000-year-old bubonic plague victim found in Latvia - study

The plague caused the Black Death, wiping out about a third of the global population in the Middle Ages, but research indicates the disease is thousands of years older than previously thought.

30/06/2021
Brown pig

Medieval Islamic Sicily ate pork, study finds

Despite pork being forbidden in Islamic dietary law, a study found evidence that it was consumed in the rural areas of Sicily while the island was under Muslim rule in the Middle Ages.

29/06/2021

2,000-year-old Roman coffin unearthed in UK, enlightens on funeral rituals

Inside the casket was the remains of a body laid to rest in a prone position, and another body was laid at the feet of the first.

China's 'Dragon Man' may be an undiscovered ancient relative of humans

The discovery of a new hominid species itself is incredible enough, but the story of Homo longi is especially unique due to the circumstances of its discovery.

27/06/2021

3,000-year-old shark attack victim found near Japan

The pair were researching violent trauma on skeletal remains of prehistoric hunter-gatherers when they came across the finding.

Skull found at the site among other items at Nesher Ramla.

New prehistoric human unknown to science discovered in Israel

Hebrew U and Tel Aviv University researchers found remains of a new type of ‘Homo’ who lived in the region some 130,000 years ago.

Broxmouth Park Observatory, near Dunbar. Observatory (cica 1850), also known as Sloe Bigging lookout

Iron Age Scotland residents kept mementos of dead loved ones - study

A new analysis of an archaeological site in Scotland found that people kept the artifacts owned by their deceased loved ones after they passed away.

By ELIAV BREUER
23/06/2021

Biblical-era Egyptian stele discovered by farmer

The stele is accredited to the reign of the pharaoh Apries and may discuss a military campaign of his. One campaign saw him try to fight the Babylonians as they sought to destroy the First Temple.

22/06/2021
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