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1800-year-old Ring Engraved with the Roman Goddess Minerva, Found by a Child on Mount Carmel

A remarkable archaeological find has come to light on Mount Carmel in Israel, thanks to the keen eye of 13-year-old Yair Whiteson from Haifa. During a casual hike near his home, Yair stumbled upon an ancient ring dating back approximately 1,800 years. This ring, adorned with an engraving of the Roman goddess Minerva, has sparked […]

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A 4000-Year-Old Fabric Found in a Cave in the Judean Desert is the Oldest Dyed with Insect Dye

Researchers have discovered an ancient textile dyed with kermes (Kermes vermilio) in the Cave of the Skulls in Israel, dating back to the Middle Bronze Age. This textile, found in the Judean Desert and made of linen and red-dyed wool, has been directly radiocarbon-dated to the Middle Bronze Age, specifically between 1954 and 1767 BCE. […]

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Historic Discovery in the Mediterranean: A 3300-Year-Old Canaanite Ship Found at a Depth of 1.8 Kilometers with All Its Cargo

An extraordinary archaeological find has emerged from the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. A ship approximately 3300-3400 years old (14th-13th centuries BCE), loaded with hundreds of intact containers, was discovered at an astounding depth of 1.8 kilometers. This discovery, carried out by Energean, a natural gas company during a standard survey of the Karish, Karish […]

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A Previously Unknown Roman Road Discovered Crossing the Golan Heights

A team of archaeologists has unearthed a previously unknown Roman road in the Golan Heights, specifically in the southern region between Gaulanitis and Hippos. The team, composed of Adam Pažout, Michael Eisenberg, and Mechael Osband, has documented that this road is one of the best-preserved sections of Roman roads in the region. Using a combination […]

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A Tablet Found in 1933 at Tel Beth-Shemesh is the Only Evidence of a School Text of Cuneiform Alphabet Outside Ugarit, Researchers Reveal

In the fifth season of excavations at Tel Beth-Shemesh (Ain Shams, present-day Israel) in 1933, a fractured tablet with a cuneiform inscription dating to the Late Bronze Age was found. This find, quickly considered the oldest alphabetic cuneiform text discovered in the Canaanite area outside Ugarit, became the focus of numerous studies. Subsequent readings suggested […]

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A Small Hellenistic Gold Ring with a Garnet Found in an Exceptional State of Preservation in Jerusalem

A stunning piece of ancient jewelry, a small gold ring adorned with a precious red gemstone, believed to be a garnet, has been uncovered in archaeological excavations in the City of David, part of the Jerusalem Walls National Park. This remarkable find dates back approximately 2,300 years to the early Hellenistic period. The gold ring, […]

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Large Complex of Tunnels and Subway Shelters from the Bar Kokhba Rebellion Against the Romans Discovered in Galilee

Archaeologists in Huqoq, near the Sea of Galilee, have uncovered a vast complex of hiding places used by residents to prepare for the Bar Kokhba revolt against Roman rule from 132-136 AD. The excavation revealed that as part of readying for the First Revolt in 66 AD and Bar Kokhba’s Revolt, Huqoq residents converted an […]

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Analysis of Seeds and Fruits at the Biblical Site where Goliath Lived Reveals Philistine Ritual Practices

For over 25 years, archaeologists have been excavating the historic site of Tell es-Safi in Israel, home to the biblical city of Gath. New evidence uncovered at the site is shedding light on the mysterious Philistine culture that flourished between 1200-604 BC. A recent study published in Scientific Reports details analyses of plant remains found […]

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Rare Stone Box with Compartments Discovered in Jerusalem May Be a 2000-Year-Old Merchandise Display Case

A rare stone box with nine compartments, dating back approximately 2000 years, is being exhibited to the public for the first time in an exposition in the archaeology wing of the Israel Museum. The container, exceptional in its design, was discovered in excavations by the Antiquities Authority in the City of David, within the National […]