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1st place in Nat. Geographic

International recognition for discovery of weapons hiding place

Discovery of weapons hiding place in the Judean Desert awarded 1st place on National Geographic's list of 2023's 7 Greatest Discoveries

International recognition for discovery of weapons hiding place

1300-year-old tsunami discovered off Israel's coast

Landmark study is 1st published evidence of a tsunami deposit on land and exposes potential risk in the region for future natural disasters.

1300-year-old tsunami discovered off Israel's coast

Ancient cargo ship found off the coast of Israel

Enormous rare cargo of 1,800-year-old marble artifacts on merchant ship that shipwrecked in a storm uncovered off the coast of Beit Yanai.

Ancient cargo ship found off the coast of Israel

75-year-old compass found at War of Independence battle site

Compass remnant of massacre of Israeli soldiers by Arabs at “The Battle of the 35" in 1948.

75-year-old compass found at War of Independence battle site

1,800-year-old relics

Gold jewelry found in Jerusalem cave worn against 'evil eye'

For the first time, gold jewelry found in late Roman-era Jerusalem burial cave to go on display.

Gold jewelry found in Jerusalem cave worn against 'evil eye'

Oldest ever copper fishing hook discovered in Ashkelon

Shark hunting? Huge copper fishhook unearthed in coastal city of Ashkelon.

Oldest ever copper fishing hook discovered in Ashkelon

Ancient mosaic floor re-uncovered in central Israel

An ancient mosaic floor adorned with colorful floral designs has been re-uncovered after 40 years, along the Israel National Trail.

Ancient mosaic floor re-uncovered in central Israel

Israel Antiquities Authority:

Artifact bearing name of Ahasuerus's father is not authentic

IAA makes rare retraction, walking back announcement hailing discovery of shard bearing the name of Persian king Darius.

Artifact bearing name of Ahasuerus's father is not authentic

Purim-Related Relic Found

Ancient inscription with name of King Darius found in Israel

2,500-year-old potshard bearing name of King Ahasuerus' father found in central Israel.

Ancient inscription with name of King Darius found in Israel

Spanish bar, formerly a church, revealed as medieval synagogue

Archaeologists in Spain have excavated a 14th-century Sephardic synagogue, revealing a women’s section and ritual baths.

Spanish bar, formerly a church, revealed as medieval synagogue

Ancient gold bead from the City of David found in Jerusalem

Teenager uncovers rare gold bead from Pilgrimage Road structure in the City of David outside of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Ancient gold bead from the City of David found in Jerusalem

Moat with mysterious hand imprint uncovered in Jerusalem

1,000-year-old rock-hewn moat and a mysterious hand imprint found next to the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Moat with mysterious hand imprint uncovered in Jerusalem

Ancient Omelette:

4,000-year-old ostrich eggs uncovered in southern Israel

Eight ostrich eggs from 4,000 years ago found next to ancient fire pit outside of moshav in southern Israel.

4,000-year-old ostrich eggs uncovered in southern Israel

The Biden Administration's archaeological absurdity

Biden's men call an Assyrian archaelogical find a "rare Palestinian cultural object.” Islamists call Assyrian srchaeology "heresy." Op-ed.

The Biden Administration's archaeological absurdity

Second Temple-era tomb is being uncovered in Lachish Forest

This 2,000-year-old burial tomb became revered by Christians as Salome's Cave. But who actually is buried there?

Second Temple-era tomb is being uncovered in Lachish Forest

Archaeological Find:

Students unearth 3000-year-old scarab near Tel Aviv

“At first, I thought it was a toy lying in the dirt," says Gilad Stern. "It was a scarab seal - every archaeology-lover’s dream!”

Students unearth 3000-year-old scarab near Tel Aviv

Hoard of ancient gold coins discovered in northern Israel

“The person who hid the coins between the stones of the wall probably fled hoping to later retrieve his property, but he failed to return.”

Hoard of ancient gold coins discovered in northern Israel

Archaeologists unearth evidence of opium use in ancient Israel

Opium residue was found in pottery vessels excavated at Tel Yehud, dating back to the 14th century BCE.

Archaeologists unearth evidence of opium use in ancient Israel

'The burial cave was like an Indiana Jones film set'

A burial cave from the time of Pharaoh Rameses II, containing tens of ancient finds, was revealed in the Israeli national park.

'The burial cave was like an Indiana Jones film set'

From Montana to Jerusalem

Rare First Temple-era document repatriated to Israel

“We are retrieving lost treasures from the past." Ancient document addressed to 'Ishmael' returned to Israel in joint intel operation.

Rare First Temple-era document repatriated to Israel

Rare ivory plaques from First Temple era found in Jerusalem

Collection of ivory decorations dating back to First Temple period unearthed in palace in the City of David in Jerusalem.

Rare ivory plaques from First Temple era found in Jerusalem

Massive prehistoric elephant tusk unearthed in central Israel

Archaeologists say new discovery could shed light on the diet and behavior of humans during the Lower Paleolithic.

Massive prehistoric elephant tusk unearthed in central Israel

Archaeologists shed light on Roman siege of Jerusalem

Archaeological evidence for location of Roman ballista and the intensity of the siege that led to the destruction of the Second Temple.

Archaeologists shed light on Roman siege of Jerusalem

Inscription in India reveals evidence of area's oldest synagogue

Researchers say stone inscription from 13th century shows evidence of ancient synagogue in southern India.

Inscription in India reveals evidence of area's oldest synagogue

Found in bunker of Warsaw Ghetto leader: Tefillin, Talmud pages

Bunker where Jewish Fighting Organization leader Mordechai Anielewicz was killed fighting the Nazis in 1943 uncovered.

Found in bunker of Warsaw Ghetto leader: Tefillin, Talmud pages

Ancient luxury estate and mosque unearthed in southern Israel

New find in the Negev sheds light on the beginnings of Islam in the Southern Levant.

Ancient luxury estate and mosque unearthed in southern Israel

New Segment of Low-Level Aqueduct to Jerusalem Exposed

IAA to host public without cost at archaeological excavation in Armon Hanatziv as well as in several other archaeological sites in the city

New Segment of Low-Level Aqueduct to Jerusalem Exposed

2100-year-old Hasmonean era farmstead uncovered in Galilee

“The farmstead was probably abandoned suddenly due to impending danger." Find at ancient farm sheds light on Hasmonean period in the Galilee

2100-year-old Hasmonean era farmstead uncovered in Galilee

Discovery in the City of David

Luxury goods reveal scope of trade with First Temple-era Judah

Kingdom of Judah's position on major international trade route gave Jerusalemites access to luxuries from as far away as India, study shows.

Luxury goods reveal scope of trade with First Temple-era Judah

Ancient written name of God

Archaeologists uncover oldest Hebrew text ever found

3200-year-old amulet with Hebrew name of God found in Samaria, may be oldest Hebrew text ever discovered.

Archaeologists uncover oldest Hebrew text ever found

New Tel Aviv University Study:

What was recycling like 500,000 years ago?

First-of-its-kind study at Tel Aviv University finds that prehistoric collectors recycled stone tools to preserve ancestors' memory.

What was recycling like 500,000 years ago?

Remains of early Jewish community found in Morocco

Moroccan, Israeli and French archeologists have unearthed the remnants of an early Jewish community in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

Remains of early Jewish community found in Morocco

Ancient synagogue discovered near Turkish tourist hotspot

Excavations reveal ancient synagogue in Turkish town near tourist hotspot of Antalya. Synagogue dates back to 7th century.

Ancient synagogue discovered near Turkish tourist hotspot

Ancient Treasure Found at Sea:

Two shipwrecks - and treasure - discovered off Israel's coast

Marine archaeology survey off the coast of Caesarea recovers treasure from two ancient shipwrecks, including hoard of silver coins.

Two shipwrecks - and treasure - discovered off Israel's coast

Fortress destroyed by the Maccabees discovered in Lachish Forest

2100-year-old fort destroyed by the Maccabees uncovered in Israel's Lachish Forest.

Fortress destroyed by the Maccabees discovered in Lachish Forest

Teens find ancient coins in Samaria

Hundreds of youths participate in archaeological dig at Tel Khaya site in Itamar, discover various finds from the Hasmonean period.

Teens find ancient coins in Samaria

Israeli scuba diver discovers 900-year-old Crusader sword

Sword’s discovery suggests that the natural anchorage where it was found was also used by ships in the Crusader period.

Israeli scuba diver discovers 900-year-old Crusader sword

Massive ancient wine factory unearthed in Israel

'2 million liters of wine per year.' World's largest wine production facility from the Byzantine era discovered in Yavne.

Massive ancient wine factory unearthed in Israel

2700-year-old toilet from First Temple period found in Jerusalem

Royal mansion from era of the Kings of Judea discovered in Jerusalem - featuring private toilet and ancient septic tank.

2700-year-old toilet from First Temple period found in Jerusalem

Trojan Horse discovered at Troy?

Turkish archaeologists have reportedly discovered a large wooden structure they think could be the remains of the Trojan Horse.

Trojan Horse discovered at Troy?

Incredible discovery may shed new light on Bar-Kochba Revolt

An archaeological dig has revealed a coin dating to post-2nd Temple times, questioning whether the Jewish uprising was entirely squashed.

Incredible discovery may shed new light on Bar-Kochba Revolt

First Temple-era segment of Jerusalem's city wall uncovered

Segment of Jerusalem's city wall, encountered by Babylonians on eve of First Temple's destruction 2,600 years ago, uncovered near Old City.

First Temple-era segment of Jerusalem's city wall uncovered

3,100-year-old inscription:

Did this artifact belong to the biblical Judge Gideon?

Relic dating back to the time of the biblical Judges uncovered in southern Israel bearing one of names of the Judge Gideon.

Did this artifact belong to the biblical Judge Gideon?

Sealed, signed and delivered:

Archaeologists unveil ancient seal impressions

Hebrew University archaeologists unveil 7,000 year old seal impressions used for commerce and protection of property.

Archaeologists unveil ancient seal impressions

A cracking find in Israel: 1,000-year-old egg - still intact

Only a few ancient chicken eggs have ever been found intact. The egg was preserved nestled in the soft contents of a cesspit.

A cracking find in Israel: 1,000-year-old egg - still intact

Impressive 1,600-year-old mosaic uncovered in central Israel

Ancient mosaic unearthed in Yavne likely graced mansion in wealthy Byzantine-era neighborhood.

Impressive 1,600-year-old mosaic uncovered in central Israel

Boy stumbles on biblical-era figurine in southern Israel

11-year-old Israeli boy uncovers on 2,500-year-old relic during family trip in the northwestern Negev.

Boy stumbles on biblical-era figurine in southern Israel

IDF soldier's archeological discovery during training exercise

Rare ancient coin minted in northern Israeli city of Geva found by IDF soldier during a military training exercise.

IDF soldier's archeological discovery during training exercise

1,500-year-old inscription discovered in northern Israel

Stone inscription found in Byzantine era church foundation in the Jezreel Valley.

1,500-year-old inscription discovered in northern Israel

Ancient burial inscription discovered by chance in the Negev

Who exactly was 'Maria', who died on February 9th, 1400 years ago?

Ancient burial inscription discovered by chance in the Negev

Could this menorah on tomb be from the time of the Hasmoneans?

Bar-Ilan U. archaeologist Dvir Raviv says rare engraving of menorah found on ancient tomb facade could be from time of the Hasmonean revolt

Could this menorah on tomb be from the time of the Hasmoneans?

Game die from Second Temple period uncovered in Beit El

Another find uncovered by Civil Administration during archaeological excavations in Beit El: Game cube from Second Temple period.

Game die from Second Temple period uncovered in Beit El

Jerusalem of Gold: Ancient jug containing gold coins unearthed

Excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem unearth ancient pottery juglet containing four gold coins more than 1,000 years old.

Jerusalem of Gold: Ancient jug containing gold coins unearthed

1,700-year-old border marker unearthed in the Golan Heights

Ancient town boundary marker discovered near Israeli army base in the Golan Heights.

1,700-year-old border marker unearthed in the Golan Heights

First Temple-era 'two-shekel' weight found near Western Wall

First Temple-era artifact used to measure two-shekalim unearthed near the Western Wall of Jerusalem.

First Temple-era 'two-shekel' weight found near Western Wall

Did these archeological finds just settle debate on Jewish law?

Archeological finds dating back to the ancient kingdoms of Judea and Israel could shed light on the Jewish measurement unit, the tefah.

Did these archeological finds just settle debate on Jewish law?

Watch: 2,000-year-old mikveh transported to permanent site

2,000-year-old mikveh unearthed during excavations near Hamovil Junction moved in complex operation to Kibbutz Hanaton area.

Watch: 2,000-year-old mikveh transported to permanent site

2nd Temple era inkwell found in Gush Etzion

Archaeological find strengthens hypothesis of high literacy rates among population of 2nd Temple era Judea.

2nd Temple era inkwell found in Gush Etzion

Remains of royal structure from Kings of Judah time discovered

Adorned stone artifacts, which together were part of a magnificent structure, discovered in Antiquities Authority excavations.

Remains of royal structure from Kings of Judah time discovered

Watch: 3,200-year-old fortress discovered in southern Israel

Major archeological find dating back to era of the Judges uncovered near Kiryat Gat. Fortress likely built to repel Philistines, Israelites.

Watch: 3,200-year-old fortress discovered in southern Israel