Archaeology


Prewar Mikvaos Found Near Vilna’s Great Synagogue

An international team of archaeologists from Israel, Lithuania and America, recently discovered two prewar mikvaos in the city of Vilna, Lithuania. Last year, a study showed evidence of underground spaces…

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Ancient Water System Discovered Near Rosh Ha-Ayin

A large ancient water system was discovered recently at excavations near Rosh Ha-Ayin. According to Gilad Itach, director of excavations for the Israel Antiquities Authority, “it is difficult not to…

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Ancient Water System Exposed Near Ramat Bet Shemesh

Israeli archeologists have uncovered an Ottoman-period well, apparently hundreds of years old, and an elaborate water system near Ramat Bet Shemesh. The find was made last week during work being…

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Landfill Dig Reveals Ancient Jewish Dietary Habits

When archaeologists dig through ancient ruins, they find remnants of such things as city walls and roads, palaces and ordinary homes, cisterns and cemeteries, coins and jewelry. They also find…

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Caves Uncovered from Bar Kochva Period

During the very week of Lag BaOmer, Israeli archeologists have uncovered for the first time hideout caves from the period of the Bar Kochva Revolt in the Burgin ruins in…

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Netanyahu Orders Har HaBayis Sifting to Go On

The cash-strapped project of sifting for artifacts discarded by Arabs on Har HaBayis will be kept going after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu intervened on Thursday. “The Ir David Foundation…

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Roman Road Uncovered Near Beit Shemesh

A broad, impressive road in remarkably good condition that archaeologists are dating to the Roman period 2,000 years ago has been discovered near Beit Shemesh. The Israel Antiquities Authority made…

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Antiquities Theft Foiled Near Shaalvim

Three Palestinians from Yehudah and Shomron were caught on Sunday attempting to steal gold coins from an archaeological site dated to the period of Bayis Sheini and the Bar Kochva…

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Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions Found in Peqi’in

An ancient limestone capital thought to be 1,800 years old (dating to the Roman period), engraved with two Hebrew inscriptions, was discovered during the course of restoration and conservation work…

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Gate Remnant Discovered at Beit She’arim

Archaeologists from the University of Haifa were astonished to discover a massive gateway during recent excavations at Beit She’arim in northern Israel, where the Sanhedrin sat in the second century,…

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