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Posted 01 January 2014 - 02:18 AM

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News items relating to recent discoveries in Israel and including up-dates of past discoveries. 


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Posted 01 January 2014 - 02:41 AM

Pink Wool to Ponchos: What People in Ancient Israel Really Wore

The man in the dusty street wore a tunic and sandals. The rich could dress so splendidly that they risked being struck down by divine anger

By Miriam Feinberg Vamosh | Dec. 26, 2013 | 11:05 AM

"Joseph’s coat of many colors. Sara Netanyahu’s controversial black dress. All the way back to Adam and Eve's arboreal apparel, clothing has revealed family and social structure, religion, commercial and cultural ties.

The ancient texts, including the Bible, the Talmud and New Testament abound in fashion tidbits, often confirmed by archaeological findings.

Many scriptural references to clothing are symbolic. Clothing came to symbolize the human being in a literal way, in the custom of tearing a garment to indicate grief – Jacob tore his garment when he saw Joseph’s coat of many colors drenched in blood; David rent his clothes when he heard of the death of King Saul. Scholars say this act was meant to replace cutting one’s flesh in mourning, as other cultures apparently did (Deut. 14:1–2)."

 

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 02:43 AM

Israel Researcher: Elusive Biblical Blue Found

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"An Israeli researcher says she has identified a nearly 2,000-year old textile that may contain a mysterious blue dye described in the Bible, one of the few remnants of the ancient color ever found.

Naama Sukenik of Israel's Antiquities Authority said Tuesday that recent examination of a small woolen textile discovered in the 1950s found that the textile was colored with a dye from the Murex trunculus, a snail researchers believe was the source of the Biblical blue."

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 04:16 AM

Hebrew Engraving Refers to Lousy Wine

Researcher says ancient inscription describes low quality of jug’s contents, served to King Solomon’s laborers and soldiers

BY MARISSA NEWMAN December 31, 2013, 8:07 pm

"An ancient eight-letter inscription — dating back to King Solomon’s reign in Jerusalem some 3,000 years ago — was deciphered by a researcher from the University of Haifa, shedding light on the Solomonic kingdom’s impressively sophisticated administrative system.

The carving was discovered on a clay jug in the Ophel area, near the southern wall of the Temple Mount, by a Hebrew University archaeological team headed by Dr. Eilat Mazar. It is considered the most ancient Hebrew engraving to emerge from the archaeological digs in Jerusalem to date.

However, the meaning of the cryptic inscription eluded researchers until Professor Gershon Galil of the University of Haifa interpreted it as a classification of a type of wine stored in the jug. He published his findings in the journal “New Studies on Jerusalem.”

According to Galil, the first intact letter of the inscription was actually the last letter of a longer word that got cut off and represented the date. The middle portion refers to the type of wine in the jug, a cheap variety. The final letter was also cut off from a longer word, and according to Galil listed the location from which the wine was sent."

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 12:37 AM

Galilee Woman Delivers Archaeological Treasure From the Depths

By ROZ WOLBERGER

01/15/2014 13:12

Israeli resident reveals ancient sunken artifacts, including pottery from the Biblical Period, stored in her basement.

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday the staggering find of a large number of ancient pottery pieces, fully intact and safely stored...in a basement.

"It all began with a phone call to the IAA: "In my basement there are full boxes of ancient vases and pottery, that a member of my family, a fisherman, left before he died..." said Osnat Lester, a resident of Galilee town Poriya Illit.

"I want to pass the pottery on to the state, and I want my grandchildren to know where to see them in the future," explained Lester.

Soon after the phone call, two archaeologists from the IAA arrived at Lester's Galilee home and were amazed to see the extent of the treasure: wrapped in cloth and stacked in boxes were a large number of whole pottery vessels, clearly very ancient and rare. The surface of the vases were encrusted with sea shells and other ocean sediments, including the occasional fossil. Most of the pieces were fully intact, and the rest were in large fragments, neatly wrapped in fabric."

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 01:40 AM

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Archaeologists Return to Ancient City of Lachish

Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Following the spectacular discoveries made at Khirbet Qeiyafa, the archaeological team turns its sights on the 10th - 9th century BC layers of a famous ancient Judahite stronghold.

"According to the Biblical account, the ancient fortified city of Lachish was for a time considered, after Jerusalem, the second-most important city in the Kingdom of Judah. Today, its ruins can be seen atop a prominent "tel" or mound located in the Shephelah lowland of Israel between Mount Hebron and the maritime Mediterranean coast. The remains are a visible reminder of a city that represented a strength and glory ravaged through the military designs of advancing Assyrian and Babylonian armies long before the ancient Romans ever set foot in this country. It is best known as the location of a great siege by Assyrian king Sennacherib in 701 B.C.E."

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:05 AM

Discovery of a Major Church with a Splendid Mosaic from the Byzantine Period (January 2014)

The discovery was made during a salvage excavation as part of development work by the Israel Land Authority prior to the construction of a new neighborhood at Moshav Aluma,near Pelugot Junction

"The discovery was made during a salvage excavation as part of development work by the Israel Land Authority prior to the construction of a new neighborhood at Moshav Aluma, near Pelugot Junction * Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists say, "The church probably served as a center of Christian worship for neighboring communities."

The site will be open to the public on Thursday and Friday of this week (January 23-24)

Impressive archaeological finds including a major church some 1,500 years old with a magnificent mosaic and five inscriptions were uncovered during Israel Antiquities Authority salvage excavations, prior to the construction of a new neighborhood at Moshav Aluma in Shafir Regional Council, near Pelugot Junction. The excavations were directed by archaeologists Dr. Daniel Varga and Dr. Davida Dagan, and funded by the Israel Land Authority."

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:16 AM

Carmel Cavemen Used Plants in Rituals 13,000 Years Ago, Archaeologists Find

Israeli archaeologists find new clues to elaborate Natufian burial behaviors and rituals, and diet.

By Ran Shapira | Jan. 23, 2014 | 10:26 AM

"Cavemen in ancient Israel not only buried their dead with flowers – they also apparently had an advanced culture of plant use, not only for consumption but for ritual as well.

The earliest evidence of using flower beds for burial, some 13,700 years ago, was reported in Raqefet Cave in Mt. Carmel last summer. In four different graves from the Natufian period, dating back to 13,700 to 11,700 years ago, dozens of impressions of salvia and other mint species were found under human skeletons.

Now Prof. Dani Nadel from the University of Haifa and his colleagues argue that use of plants in the Raqefet cave was much wider than for just burial rituals. In an article published in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology they describe how Carmel dwellers of that time processed grains and used plants in day to day living, based on phytoliths found in the cave."

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 01:18 AM

Old Manuscripts Get Face-Lift at Jerusalem Mosque

14 hours ago by Areej Hazboun

"In the 1920s, an urgent call went out to the literati across the Middle East from Arab leaders in Jerusalem: Send us your books so that we may protect them for generations to come. Jerusalem was soon flushed with writings of all kinds, to be stored and preserved at the newly minted al-Aqsa mosque library.

But many of those centuries-old manuscripts are in a state of decay. Now, religious authorities are restoring and digitizing the books, many of them written by hand. They hope to make them available online to scholars and researchers across the Arab world who are unable to travel to Jerusalem.

Hamed Abu Teir, the library's manager, called the manuscripts a "treasure and trust." ''We should preserve them," he said.

The al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site, is located on a hilltop compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount. The holy site is ground zero in the territorial and religious conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors."

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 03:59 AM

The Dead Sea Scrolls – Version 2.0

February 4, 2014

"The Israel Antiquities Authority is launching today an upgraded version of its Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library. It includes 10,000 new photographs of unprecedented quality

A second, upgraded version of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library was launched today. Visitors to the new website (http://www.deadseascrolls.org.il) will be able to view and explore 10,000 newly uploaded images of unprecedented quality. The website also offers accompanying explanations pertaining to a variety of manuscripts, such as the book of Exodus written in paleo-Hebrew script, the books of Samuel, the Temple Scroll, Songs of Shabbat Sacrifice, and New Jerusalem.

A year has passed since the Israel Antiquities Authority first launched the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library. The library presents hundreds of scroll fragments imaged in unprecedented quality, achieved with a unique camera developed specifically for this purpose and installed at the Israel Antiquities Authority scrolls conservation laboratory in Jerusalem. Over half a million people worldwide have visited the site; 25,000 new users enter the site every month. Dead Sea Scrolls scholars as well as the general public will now be able to view, explore and examine one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century on their personal computers and even on their cellular phones."

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:55 AM

1,400 Year-Old Well Discovered in Tel Aviv

Archaeologists find advanced pulley system, irrigation ducts in the heart of Tel Aviv.

By Tova Dvorin

First Publish: 2/5/2014, 4:49 PM

"A large and impressive well was discovered in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Ramat HaHayal Wednesday, a find archaeologists say dates back at least 1,400 years.

Archaeologists uncovered the well in the course of a wider salvage excavation project by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) on Barzel Street, as a preparatory measure before establishing a hospital on the site by the Sufrin Group real estate company.

The well dates back to the Byzantine and Early Islamic periods - between 1,100 and 1,400 years ago, according to the IAA.

"The well, known as an 'Antilla' well, is the first of its kind found in Tel Aviv," Eli Haddad, director of the excavation on behalf of the IAA, stated. "The importance of the discovery is that it adds information about everyday life in the Yarkon 1,400-1,200 years ago, including agriculture."

"Pumping systems of this type were in the country starting from the Roman period (2,000 years ago) onwards, but few have been studied in depth," he continued. "Other discoveries have been made in Tel Ashdod, Yavne-Yam (now near Kibbutz Palmahim) and Ramle."

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 03:03 AM

2,300-Year-Old Village Discovered Outside Jerusalem

By: Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency

Published: February 18th, 2014

"The remnants of a rural town that was lived in for some two centuries during the Second Temple period were uncovered near the main route to Jerusalem. In June 2013, Israel Natural Gas Lines began construction of the 22 mile-long project, which runs from the coast to the outskirts of Jerusalem, and in the process the village was uncovered. For the past six months the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has been conducting an archaeological salvage excavation of the site.

The excavations, which cover about 750 square meters, revealed a small rural town with a few stone houses and a network of narrow alleys. Each building, which probably housed a single nuclear family, consisted of several rooms and an open courtyard. According to Irina Zilberbod, excavation director on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, “The rooms generally served as residential and storage rooms, while domestic tasks were carried out in the courtyards.”

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 07:31 AM

Silver Hoop Earrings Found Among Ancient Treasure in Israel

By Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor | February 20, 2014 03:20pm ET

"A jug containing silver earrings and ingots has been discovered at the ancient biblical city of Abel Beth Maacah in Israel.

Found to the north of a massive structure that may be a tower, the jug and its treasure appear to date back to about 3,200 years ago, long before minted coins were invented, archaeologists said. Curiously, they found no sign that the treasure was hidden, and no one appears to have gone back for it, they added.

"We found it in a small jug leaning against a wall, apparently on a dirt floor," said researchers Robert Mullins, Nava Panitz-Cohen and Ruhama Bonfil in an email to Live Science. "It didn't seem to have been deliberately hidden in a niche or any other hidey-hole."

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 09:58 AM

Nine Manuscripts with Biblical Text Unearthed in Qumran

West Bank excavation site known for Dead Sea Scrolls

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(ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 27 - "The West Bank excavation site Qumran has brought to light another exceptional find after that of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Working on materials from archaeological excavations of the 1950s, archaeologist Yonatan Adler found three phylacteries - pouches used by religious Jews containing small manuscript scrolls with a biblical text - dating back to about 2,000 years ago. A total of nine manuscripts have been found by the Israel Antiquities Authority by using technology known as multispectral imaging, which makes it possible take specialized photos. The discovery was announced at the International TerraSancta Conference on 'Qumran and the Dead Sea Region' held in the Swiss city of Lugano."

 

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:02 AM

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Lying about Leviathan: Archaeologists Find the Earliest Fish Tales

"Fishing has been a mainstay of human cuisine going back millennia. Archaeologists can show us how the ancients fished and cooked their catch."

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:45 PM

Researchers from Kraków track 5 thousand years old trade routes in the Middle East

07.03.2014 HISTORY&CULTURE

"Archaeological research on site in Tel Erani in Israel is a key venture in the project Trade Routes of the Near East (TRoNE), conducted by the staff of the Institute of Archaeology of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.
The researchers concluded first season of work, which took place in August 2013. This is the only excavation project currently carried out by Polish archaeologists in Israel.

"Our goal is to determine the course of trade routes connecting Egypt to the Middle East during the Early Bronze I, i.e., in the fourth millennium BC" - explained Dr. Joanna Dębowska-Ludwin, coordinator of the project.

One of the main parts of the project are the excavations at Tel Erani site near Ashkelon in Israel. it is one of the most important prehistoric sites in this country. The site is considered by experts to be the key to the so-called early colonization of Egypt in the area of the Levant. So far, it has not been a subject of comprehensive research. Archaeologists explained that the phenomenon of "early colonization" involved expanding trading networks by the Egyptians in the area of today's southern Israel and the Gaza Strip. From these outposts, raw materials and exotic products were imported to the Nile during the formation of the Egyptian state, more than 5 thousand years ago. These goods included copper, but also wine which was considered a luxury product."

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 01:30 PM

Mysterious ancient masks displayed in Israel

Twelve 9,000-year-old stone masks unearthed in the Judean Hills and desert are exhibited together for the first time ever, at the Israel Museum.

By Abigail Klein Leichman

March 16, 2014

"Nine thousand years ago, a village of Neolithic farmers thrived in the Judean Desert and hills in the ancient Land of Israel. Using primitive stone tools, they fashioned face masks of stone – perhaps as a form of ancestor worship, though nobody knows for sure.

A combination of good fortune, anthropological sleuthing and cutting-edge lab technology has come together to present 12 of these priceless masks, together for the first time since their creation, at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum.

The groundbreaking exhibition “Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World” opened March 11 and runs through September 13, 2014.

“This is the fruit of 10 years of research, lab work and scientific work to find the masks, compare them and understand more about these unbelievably rare objects,” said Debby Hershman, the museum’s curator of prehistoric cultures, during a press tour of her laboratory before the exhibition opened. Wearing white cotton gloves, she held up four of the masks to show journalists."

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Archaeologists Excavate Ancient Aramean City in Israel

Tue, Mar 18, 2014

"Popularly known as the site where archaeologists recently excavated an ancient jug containing a silver hoard, it sits near the border between modern day Israel and Lebanon to the north, in an area that brings to mind the political and military tensions that have so often plagued the border areas of these neighboring countries. Even thousands of years ago, this area figured prominently in conflicts and disputes among ancient players.

Today the location is known as Tel Abel Beth Maacah, an archaeological site that has been identified by biblical scholars as the likely location of an ancient city that, at one time, may have had important Aramean connections. It is mentioned a number of times in the biblical account, including the battle related to the revolt against David by Sheba ben Bichri. In the early 19th century BCE it was conquered by Ben-hadad of Damascus, and by the Neo-Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III in 733 BCE. Scholars suggest that it may have been at one time the capital of the Aramean kingdom of Maacah."

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 11:33 AM

Israel Building Center for Ancient Artifacts (Update)

Mar 18, 2014 by Daniel Estrin

"Israel is building a national archaeological center to store and showcase its rich collection of some two million ancient artifacts, including the world's largest collection of Dead Sea Scrolls, Israel's Antiquities Authority said Tuesday.

Most of Israel's state antiquities collection, currently stored in large warehouses that are closed to the public, will be moved to a new 35,000-square-meter (377,000 square foot) center—the Antiquities Authority's first public center for exhibiting its hoard of treasures that date back as far as 5,000 years. Parts of the center will be open to the public.

Israel is calling the archaeological library and archives the largest of their kind in the Middle East."

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 04:46 AM

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New Excavations Explore 6,000-Year-Old Settlement in Israel

Fri, Mar 28, 2014

"Located within the fertile plain of the Jezreel valley in northern Israel, the archaeological site known as Ein el-Jarba has been yielding finds that are beginning to tell a story of a people who lived there more than 6,000 years ago, before the pyramids arose in Egypt and before the ancient Canaanites dominated the region.

Archaeologist Katharina Streit, a PhD student with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been leading a team of archaeologists, students and volunteers through full-scale excavations at the site to uncover evidence of an Early Chalcolithic (or Copper Age) human settlement.[1] Before implements of bronze were even invented, a community with skills enough to produce distinctive pottery, other ceramic ware, and tools made of obsidian, lived and died in this place."

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 06:20 AM

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Archaeologists Excavate Ancient Aramean City in Israel

Tue, Mar 18, 2014

"Popularly known as the site where archaeologists recently excavated an ancient jug containing a silver hoard, it sits near the border between modern day Israel and Lebanon to the north, in an area that brings to mind the political and military tensions that have so often plagued the border areas of these neighboring countries. Even thousands of years ago, this area figured prominently in conflicts and disputes among ancient players.

Today the location is known as Tel Abel Beth Maacah, an archaeological site that has been identified by biblical scholars as the likely location of an ancient city that, at one time, may have had important Aramean connections. It is mentioned a number of times in the biblical account, including the battle related to the revolt against David by Sheba ben Bichri. In the early 19th century BCE it was conquered by Ben-hadad of Damascus, and by the Neo-Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III in 733 BCE. Scholars suggest that it may have been at one time the capital of the Aramean kingdom of Maacah."

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:46 PM

11 Ancient Burial Boxes Recovered in Israel

BY JON GERBERG

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March 31, 2014

JERUSALEM — "Israeli authorities on Monday unveiled 11 ancient burial boxes dating to around the time of Jesus, recovered by police during a midnight raid on antiquities dealers suspected of stealing the artifacts.

The boxes include a pair of ossuaries believed to contain the remains of two noblemen who lived in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.

Some are engraved with designs and even names, giving clues to their origin and contents. The boxes contain bone fragments and remnants of what experts say is pottery buried with the deceased.

Israel's Antiquities Authority said the boxes were recovered last Friday, shortly after midnight, when police observed two cars parked suspiciously at a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem. When they investigated, they found four people involved in an exchange of the boxes. Once police recovered the items, they alerted the authority."

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Two Thousand Year Old Ossuaries Containing Jewish Bones from the Second Temple Period were Seized this Weekend in Jerusalem (March 2014)


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 01:27 PM

An Impressive Byzantine Period Monastery with a Spectacular Mosaic Floor was Exposed at the Entrance to Hura in the Northern Negev (April 2014)

It was discovered during excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority prior to the construction of an interchange by the Netivei Israel Company

"An impressive monastery dating to the Byzantine period was discovered at the entrance to Hura in the northern Negev during the course of an IAA salvage excavation for the purpose of building an interchange on Highway 31, at the initiative of the Netivei Israel Company. The structure, measuring 20 × 35 meters, is divided into halls built along an east–west axis, the most outstanding of which are the prayer hall and dining room due to the breathtaking mosaic carpets revealed in them.

The prayer hall is paved with a mosaic on which a pattern of leaves is vibrantly portrayed in blue, red, yellow and green colors. The dining room floor is a colorful mosaic pavement depicting floral motifs, geometric decorations, amphorae, baskets and even a pair of birds."

 

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:17 AM

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Egyptian Greetings in the Jezreel Valley

A 3,300 Year Old Coffin was Exposed Containing the Personal Belongings of a Wealthy Canaanite – Possibly an Official of the Egyptian Army

 

Among the items discovered – a gold signet ring bearing the name of the Egyptian pharaoh Seti I

 

The rare artifacts were uncovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority near Tel Shadud, prior to the installation of a natural gas pipeline to Ramat Gavriel by the Israel Natural Gas Lines Company

 

"As part of a project by the Israel Natural Gas Lines Company (INGL) to construct a main pipeline that will convey natural gas to Ramat Gavriel, the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted a salvage excavation prior to the pipeline’s installation. During the course of the work, which was financed by the INGL, a fascinating and exceptional discovery was made. 

Part of a burial site dating to the Late Bronze Age (thirteenth century BCE) was exposed in an excavation at the foot of Tel Shadud. According to the excavation directors, Dr. Edwin van den Brink, Dan Kirzner and Dr. Ron Be’eri of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “During the excavation we discovered a unique and rare find: a cylindrical clay coffin with an anthropoidal lid (a cover fashioned in the image of a person) surrounded by a variety of pottery consisting mainly of storage vessels for food, tableware, cultic vessels and animal bones. As was the custom, it seems these were used as offerings for the gods, and were also meant to provide the dead with sustenance in the afterlife.” The skeleton of an adult was found inside the clay coffin and next to it were buried pottery, a bronze dagger, bronze bowl and hammered pieces of bronze. “Since the vessels interred with the individual were produced locally”, the researchers say, “We assume the deceased was an official of Canaanite origin who was engaged in the service of the Egyptian government”. Another possibility is that the coffin belonged to a wealthy individual who imitated Egyptian funerary customs. The researchers add that so far only several anthropoidal coffins have been uncovered in the country. The last ones discovered were found at Deir el-Balah some fifty years ago. According to the archaeologists, “An ordinary person could not afford the purchase of such a coffin. It is obvious the deceased was a member of the local elite”.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 02:27 PM

Hikers Find Human Skull and Bones in Gush Etzion Cave

By: Tazpit News Agency

Published: April 20th, 2014

"A surprised group of hikers in Gush Etzion stumbled across human bones in a cave near Ein Tzurim, according to police.

The hikers immediately called 100 (Israel’s 911), and the police came to investigate.

The police, once on the scene realized that this wasn’t a murder scene and called the Israel Antiquities Authority. A preliminary examination by their experts indicate that the bones are apparently those of Jews from the Second Temple period."

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 02:28 PM

Archaeologists Find Ancient Chisel that May Have Helped Build Kotel

The chisel was found along with a gold bell that may have been on the clothes of the High Priest.

By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Published: April 22nd, 2014

"Archaeologists have discovered a treasure of Second Temple-era objects, including a chisel that may have been used to build the Western Wall, but officials at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) are not officially confirming anything until conclusive studies are completed.

IAA archaeologist Eli Shukrun told Haaretz that he discovered the 2,000-year-old chisel last summer during digging in a tunnel at the lower base of the Western Wall, popularly known by the Hebrew word “Kotel,” which was the western outer wall of the courtyard of the destroyed Second Temple. The Kotel was not a wall of the Holy Temple itself.

Shukrun also told the newspaper that he found a golden bell that may have been used by the High Priest, but the IAA reported the same discovery three years ago, and it is not clear if the archaeologist has found an additional bell along with the chisel."

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 12:38 PM

Israeli Archaeologist Says He Has Found King David's Citadel Despite Skepticism

Associated Press May 6, 2014

By DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — "An Israeli archaeologist says he has found the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem, rekindling a longstanding debate about using the Bible as a field guide to identifying ancient ruins.

The claim by Eli Shukron, like many such claims in the field of biblical archaeology, has run into criticism. It joins a string of announcements by Israeli archaeologists saying they have unearthed palaces of the legendary biblical king, who is revered in Jewish religious tradition for establishing Jerusalem as its central holy city — but who has long eluded historians looking for clear-cut evidence of his existence and reign.

The present-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also wrapped up in the subject. The $10 million excavation, made accessible to tourists last month, took place in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem and was financed by an organization that settles Jews in guarded homes in Arab areas of east Jerusalem in an attempt to prevent the city from being divided. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, as the capital of a future independent state."

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:44 AM

The Beauty of Ottoman Palestine, Lovingly Explored and Documented

100 years ago, a German polymath theologian with a passion for the Holy Land snapped an enchanting collection of photos. We publish them here for the first time, along with his ultimately sad story

BY ILAN BEN ZION May 12, 2014, 5:55 pm

"In the basement of a house on the Mount of Olives is a collection of 100-year-old photographs of Ottoman Palestine — published here for the first time — that document the people, sites and lifestyle of Palestine in the twilight years of Turkish rule

The photos were taken by the first director of the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (DEIAHL), Gustaf Dalman, an eclectic early-20th century polymath who fell in love with the Holy Land and set out to catalog its inhabitants, plants, animals, sounds and way of life. The DEIAHL was founded in 1900 by the German Protestant church at the behest of Kaiser Wilhelm II following his historic visit to Jerusalem two years earlier, with the stated aim of promoting “the exploration of the Holy Land and its diverse past, cultures and religions.”

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 02:51 PM

Rare Crusader-Era Monastery Seal Found

Seal of the Monastery of St. Sabas was excavated in the Bayit VeGan section of Jerusalem.

By Gil Ronen

First Publish: 5/27/2014, 10:11 AM

"A rare seal of the Monastery of St. Sabas has been excavated in the Bayit VeGan neighborhood of Jerusalem. The seal was unearthed a year and a half ago, but it was only after processing and study that it was identified as a unique seal that was stamped by the Great Laura – the Monastery of St. Sabas.

During the summer of 2012, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) conducted two archaeological salvage excavations at the Horbat Mizmil antiquities site in the Bayit VeGan neighborhood in Jerusalem. These revealed the remains of a farmstead constructed during the Byzantine period (fifth–sixth centuries CE). The site was abandoned at the end of the Byzantine period, and resettled during the Crusader period (eleventh–twelfth centuries CE), reaching its maximum size during the Mamluk period (thirteenth–fifteenth centuries CE0.)"

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Newsletter Friday May 30, 2014

What's Going on Underneath the Temple Mount?

The state comptroller has been severely critical of the way in which authorities have dealt with the developments of recent years on the Temple Mount, but the report he authored on the subject has not been cleared for publication.

Nadav Shragai

"Is the Waqf planning to build or laying the groundwork for a fifth mosque in the eastern part of the Temple Mount complex in the underground space beneath the Golden Gate? The Public Committee Against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount obtained updated photographs that were originally posted on Facebook by Muslim groups. The committee claims that the pictures show this is indeed what is being planned.

In recent years, Muslims have approved the building of two new mosques on the Temple Mount, while doing serious damage to antiquities there. The new mosques were built in addition to Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. While the latter is technically a shrine, it has become a de facto place of worship. The two new Islamic houses of worship are Marwani mosque, built in Solomon's Stables, and Al-Aqsa Al-Qadim, which is under Al-Aqsa."

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