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.
“The main purpose of my work has been using artificial intelligence, an extraction algorithm and statistical analyses to test 51 manuscripts which share a particular handwriting style.”
New research into a fossil from 3.67 million years ago has indicated that early humans were still swinging from trees alongside apes, long after they had already developed the ability to walk.
An Italian engineering firm, Milan Ingegneria, won the 18.5 million euro ($22.2 million) contract to design the new flooring and has committed to complete the project by 2023.
It is not known for certain what the original purpose of the megalithic jars were, with the researchers saying that "remains a mystery."
In the only known instance of a fetus being embalmed, a mummy mistakenly thought to be a priest for over 150 years was actually a pregnant woman.
A boat-shaped structure was discovered, as well as dozens of beads, some of them having their origin directly traced to Iraq.
“Throughout hundreds of thousands of years, people were eating elephants,” Tel Aviv University Prof. Ran Barkai explained. “For this purpose, they developed specific tools.”
“We can now say with confidence that our human ancestors were making simple Oldowan stone tools inside the Wonderwerk Cave 1.8 million years ago."
The artifact was revealed during a salvage excavation in preparation for the construction of a new neighborhood.
The project and some preliminary results were presented at a conference at the university last week: while in many instances, some scrolls might be more ancient than previously thought.
An artificial intelligence-based paleographic project carried out by scholars in the Netherlands found a way to replace the human eye of with artificial intelligence.
In order to understand what kind of exchanges occurred between them, the archaeologists looked at their utensils and the way they manufactured them.
The writing, a combination of six letters on two distinct lines, is featured on a pottery sherd found in the site located in the Shephelah region in south central Israel.
At some point overnight between April 14 and 15, the newly discovered site was broken into, the Gazette & Herald reported on Friday morning.
The findings support the claim that the source of gender inequalities are partially rooted in the Neolithic period and its colonization of Europe by farmers.
“We found that in the Jewish phase, there was no pig processing whatsoever. But in the Anglo Saxon phase, there was pig processing.”
However, researchers are uncertain what the other carvings of the stone represent, but hypothesize that they reflect other unknown settlements dating back to the Bronze Age.
The altered state of mind caused by hypoxia also affected the practice of drawing in the caves.
The city was built more than 3,400 years ago during the opulent reign of Amenhotep III, one of Egypt's most powerful pharaohs.
The lack of burial sites in 6th century BCE Crete was not the result of a decline on the island, but a shift in funerary practices, archaeologists say
The ostrich shells found in the study were certainly collected, but they were common to the area, leading the researchers to believe that they were the remains of water containers.
Henry Every is the most successful pirate in history, terrorizing the Red Sea. But after pulling off arguably the greatest heist in piracy, he vanished.
The salt production facility found in North Yorkshire predates Stonehenge, and is the oldest found in Britain, and possibly even Western Europe.
Tyrian shekels are often mentioned in historical accounts from the Second Temple Period, but a very few have actually been found.
The project is not meant to be commercial, but instead intended to spread awareness of Egyptian industry and heritage.
New findings suggest that medieval English Jews in Oxford followed a kosher diet.
The researchers gauged wealth inequality based on the mix of large and smaller homes, along with the size and nature of the structures.
Within the villa, a 9 meter by 18-meter mosaic, consisting of geometric designs and guilloche patterns has been discovered.
Historians know little about the ancient state of Shu, though findings indicate it could have been around during the 12th and 11th centuries BCE.
“The text is very reminiscent of the book of Deuteronomy, and anyone who is familiar with it would feel it. But there are also some differences,” Dershowitz said.
A mini-statue believed to have been used as a gift for Zeus between 1,050 and 700 B.C. was discovered at the archaeological site of Olympia, a sanctuary site dedicated to the god of thunder.
Some 600 Judean Desert caves surveyed so far, Israeli Antiquities Authority's Eitan Klein tells 'Post' a day after discovery of first fragments in some 60 years unveiled
Embers still burn from the country’s once great passion for excavations.
6,000-year-old child skeleton also found in Judean Desert cave. It is the first such discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947 and the early 1950s.
The basket was found empty and closed with a lid. Only a small amount of soil was retrieved in it and the researchers hope it will help identify what the vessel contained.
The artifact depicts a stylized bare-breasted woman wearing a scarf with her hands folded under her chest and dates back to some 2,500 years ago.
Massimo Osanna, the outgoing director of the Pompeii archaeological site, said the carriage was the first of its kind discovered in the area.
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Two stone sarcophagi were uncovered at Ramat Gan Safari Park.
"Even for those who do not believe that the altar was built by Joshua, in my opinion the site remains one of the most important in Israel from the period of the Iron Age I."
The Right has focused on the damage to the site, as a physical reminder of their larger concern that the PA is destroying Jewish archaeology in the West Bank.
The technique implies covering the inside of the conical bread moulds with a layer of fine sandy clay, heating the moulds up horizontally and shaping the dough in advance into elongated pieces.
News of the destruction caused an immediate outcry among right-wing politicians.
One of its sides reads: “of the people of Geva Phillipi,” [civic] year 217 (158–159 CE) together with the image of the Syrian moon god, Men.
So far, 250 magnificent burials of the Roman elite have been unearthed inside the walls of the Vatican City.
The archaeologists believe that the bone belonged to an auroch, large cattle that is considered an ancestor of cows and ox.
The discovery off the coast of Haifa made by a group of researchers from most major Israeli universities shows production of olives for eating started at least 6,600 years ago.
The color, a bright shade of purple, was extracted from mollusks fished in the Mediterranean Sea through a very expensive process.
The excavations estimate that what was unearthed underneath the structure — the outer layer of a mosque — might actually date back to 635 CE, possibly constructed by a friend of the Prophet Muhammad.
The grenade was uncovered in an ancient cistern by Oscar Becherno, director of the archaeological excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The region of the Jezreel Valley bears many testimonies of ancient Christian life.
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the ancient humans living in the area of modern Ashdod used a specific type of stone tools to break animal bones and extract the bone marrow.
Scrolls have been an essential part of Jewish life for millennia
"All these discoveries will rewrite the history of Saqqara and the New Kingdom," said Hawass.
The food processor is the oldest abrasion tool ever found.
The annual growth of the olive tree is not a simple story.
Israeli de-mining efforts began in 2018 and included support from the Halo Trust, a Scottish-based mine clearance group.
The Qumran explorer was 91 years old.
The jar was found in the Old City portion of the the 4,000-year-old port town, one of the oldest in the world.
Josephus said that the assassination was carried out at Machaerus, a fort near the Dead Sea in what is now part of Jordan.
The stone was found by a "Project 500" worker from the Parks and Nature Authority while cleaning and preparing nature paths in the Nitzana National Park.
While this ramp may have been built originally as part of a war, its remains have served a very different and peaceful purpose: preventing sand from drifting into the city.
The research team suggests that what may have happened to cause the tsunami was a reverberation effect of an earthquake occurring along the Dead Sea Transform.
"It could be in ten years or in several decades, but it could also be next week, and we need to constantly be prepared for that,” the researchers said.
The discovery shows that our ancestors played games using rocks that were heated and used as different pieces.
The coins date to about 40-50 CE, matching up well with the timeline of the queen's revolt in eastern England in either 60 or 61 AD against the occupying Romans.
The tunnels earned the top spot in the "Oddities of the Underground" category unique to the 2020 ITA Tunneling Awards.
But when did Christians start traveling to places in Israel associated with events described in the Bible for religious reasons?
Analysis of teeth of individuals who lived in Megiddo then show that the Canaanites imported exotic food from India and Southeast Asia.
Such is the understanding of Israeli archaeologists and masons who, drawing on relics and historical texts, have recreated the sacred flooring so it can be experienced today.
Finding the Holy Grail is the Holy Grail of archaeological finds.
Findings could add to historians’ understanding of those who lived near the Sea of Galilee in the early Islamic period.
Hundreds of ceramic oil lamps – two bearing symbols of the menorah – and stone lamp molds for their production, were found along with terracotta figurines.
Researchers revealed that a seal sold in a market for a couple of shekels to a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is in fact the earliest seal discovered in Israel.
While it is possible that Goliath was quite tall and even may have dwarfed most of his contemporaries, he was still a normally sized human being, at least by today’s standards.
The menorah was discovered in the 1980s in Judea and Samaria.
Israel's project is very archaeologically focused, especially given the rich history that lies beneath the surface of much of the country, especially in cities thousands of years old.
The phenomenon of cave churches and how they influenced later Christian worship and architecture is just beginning to be studied seriously and in depth.
This excavation is now focusing on figuring out how this pagan altar came to be part of the church wall and what the inscription on it means.
The bead was so well preserved, that when the boy brought the bead to the supervising archaeologist, he initially wrote it off as likely being an unidentified modern object.
This spot was first suggested as the home of Jesus and his family in the 19th century.
Archaeologists from Haifa and San Diego had to get creative to work on their collaborative excavation without actually travelling due to quarantines.
"These two victims were perhaps seeking refuge when they were swept away by the pyroclastic current at about 9 in the morning."
The archaeologists think that the fort was built by the kingdom of Geshur, an ally of King David.
Although Apollo is an Olympian deity of the Greek and Roman cultures, it is highly probable that the person wearing the ring with Apollo’s portrait was a Jew.
Aryeh Shimron found out that the nails were the same ones taken from the Caiaphas site, and were also used to crucify someone. And they have bone on them.
The ancient jars were discovered inside a water hole at the Khirbet Kafr Mer archaeological site at Beit El.
The students who have just begun their studies in the 2020-2021 academic year are all Ethiopian Israelis with Bachelor's degrees, who are eager to preserve and study their heritage.
The study explores how the detailed study of trash can lead to wide-ranging conclusions about the economic and agricultural life of a community.
The Jerusalem latrine was found in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 1996 during excavations of a cesspool in the courtyard of a Spanish school.
The findings from the cave have been dated to between 420,000 and 200,000 years ago, or the Lower Paleolithic period.
“It’s important to understand that the refining of copper was the high tech of that period."
Kibbutz campaign triumphs in attempt to house ancient mikveh
The tefach, an ancient unit of measurement, was used by ancient Israelites.
Each artifact yielded information which can help unravel mysteries of this era.