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Archaeologists unearth collection of ancient knuckle bones used for gaming, divination

Rare and exceptionally large assemblage of knuckle bones for gaming and divination discovered in the ancient city of Maresha.

Archaeologists unearth collection of ancient knuckle bones

Dozens of soldiers re-uncover 1,500-year-old convent in military zone

A 1500-year-old convent with a mosaic floor and inscriptions is uncovered for a second time, in a military zone near Shoham, Israel.

Soldiers re-uncover 1,500-year-old convent in military zoneplayer

Spectacular rare coin depicting the moon goddess discovered off the Carmel coast

The 1,850-year-old coin shows the sign of Cancer and the figure of the moon goddess and is part of a series of zodiac coins.

Spectacular rare coin discovered off the Carmel coast

Ritual bath used by Jerusalem's elite uncovered near Temple Mount

Archaeological excavations near Temple Mount unearth pool built by soldiers from Rome’s 10th Legion, inscribed Byzantine lamp.

Ritual bath used by elite uncovered near Temple Mount

Second Temple era burial caves totally neglected, report finds

Multiple historical sites in Jerusalem targeted by vandals, used by drug addicts, raided by antiquities thieves.

Second Temple era burial caves totally neglected

Hasmonean-era coin, seal discovered in Jerusalem Arab's home

Coin embossed with Temple menorah; seal features ancient Hebrew lettering and image of olive-oil lamp.

Hasmonean-era coin, seal discovered in Jerusalem Arab's home

In Vilna, remains of Holy Ark and bimah are seen for first time since Holocaust

In first since the Holocaust & Soviet destruction, the remains of the Holy Ark and bimah of the Great Synagogue of Vilna are fully exposed.

In Vilna, remains of Holy Ark and bimah are uncoveredplayer

An ancient Jewish coin will fly with Eytan Stibbe into space

Bar Kokhba takes off to the stars: An ancient Jewish coin from the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Romans to fly with Eytan Stibbe into space.

An ancient Jewish coin will fly into space

Archaeologists unearth Jerusalem wall from Babylonian invasion

In an incredible find, Israel's Antiquities Authority finds large portions of wall felled by the Babylonians more than 2,500 years ago.

Archaeologists unearth Jerusalem wall from Babylonian invasion player

Arab antique robbers flee after getting caught red handed

PA Arabs were caught red-handed by a drone operated by 'Guardians of Eternity' org, fled after foot chase.

Arab antique robbers flee after getting caught red handed player

Israel: International antiquities trafficking network exposed

Israeli Antiquities Authority uncover historic artifacts dating back 2,000 years in 3 Tel Aviv-area warehouses.

Israel: International antiquities trafficking network exposedplayer

Jordanian weapons cache discovered beneath Western Wall Tunnels

The British-made weapons were found in an old water cistern that once served local Arab residents.

Jordanian weapons cache found beneath Kotel Tunnels

Rare find: Coin with image of emperor who abolished Sanhedrin

Students find a 1,600-year-old coin with the likeness of Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II, a first of its kind to be discovered in Israel.

Rare find: Coin with image of emperor who abolished Sanhedrin

Remains from Byzantine period uncovered in southern Israel

Remains of guard post, terraces, from Byzantine period found at Dudaim Park in Israel's Negev region.

Remains from Byzantine period uncovered in southern Israel

Rare millennia-old stone mask unearthed in Judea

Stone Age mask discovered intact in Hevron Hills in Judea.

Rare millennia-old stone mask unearthed in Judea

1,800-year-old mosaic found in Israeli park

Well-preserved Byzantine-era mosaic discovered in national park in Caesarea.

1,800-year-old mosaic found in Israeli parkplayer

New trail follows footsteps of Sanhedrin

Project to enable crossing Galilee on foot from Tiberias to Beit She'arim, accompanied by app that brings Sanhedrin members to life.

New trail follows footsteps of Sanhedrinplayer

Caught red-handed: 11 grave robbers arrested at northern ruins

Authorities arrest 11 grave robbers in the process of robbing ruins of ancient Jewish town mentioned in the Talmud.

Caught red-handed: 11 grave robbers arrested at northern ruinsplayer

Rare ancient engraving of Menorah found in Judean hills

During the Hanukkah festival, hikers discovered a rare engraving of a menorah in a water cistern in the Judean Hills.

Rare ancient engraving of Menorah found in Judean hills

Who was 'Hyrcanus'?

A stone shard discovered near the Hakra, a Hasmonean period fortress, contains an intriguing inscription.

Who was 'Hyrcanus'?

Ancient gold coin discovered in Kafr Kana

A valuable gold coin from the early Islamic period was discovered during excavations in the Galilee town of Kafr Kana.

Ancient gold coin discovered in Kafr Kana

1500 year old stables discovered at Ovdat National

In archaological excavations at Ovdat National Park an ancient animal stable has been uncovered.

1500 year old stables discovered at Ovdat National Park

3,500-year-old artifacts from Hadera sea revealed

Metalwork, some of which is up to 3,500 years old, has been donated by a family that inherited the items from their father.

3,500-year-old artifacts from Hadera sea revealed

100s of illegal artifacts seized in J'slm mall

Israel Antiquities Authority raids store selling ancient objects in violation of law. Indictment to be filed against store owner.

Hundreds of illegally-sold artifacts seized in Jerusalem mall

Israeli boy discovers 3,400-year-old figurine

Israel Antiquities Authority presented the 7-year-old with a certificate of appreciation for good citizenship for his remarkable discovery.

Young Israeli boy discovers 3,400-year-old Canaanite figurine

Israeli hiker finds ancient Egyptian seal

Hiker on family outing in the Galilee discovers rare Egyptian artifact.

Israeli hiker finds ancient Egyptian seal

Rabbis demand end to digging at David's Tomb

David's Tomb rabbis ask Netanyahu to intervene and stop diggings. Rabbi Yosef Berger: 'How is there no protest? It's a scandal.'

Rabbis demand end to digging at David's Tomb

Revolutionary court win against antiquity thieves

High Court rejects motion by antiquities dealers, who will now be forced to register their whole inventory.

'Revolutionary' court victory against antiquity thieves

13-Year-Old Unearths Wine Press in Jerusalem

Antiquities Authority announces the discovery of a 1,400-year-old wine press in Jerusalem - unearthed by a teen.

13-Year-Old Unearths Ancient Wine Press in Jerusalem

Arab Antiquities Robbers Caught in the Act

7 residents of Bedouin town Rahat in Negev found while digging up coins from 2,000 years ago and causing irreversible damage.

Arab Antiquities Robbers Caught in the Act

2nd Temple Period Mikveh Unearthed in Elah Valley

Archaeologists stunned to find inscription by Australian soldiers from World War II alongside 1,900-year-old Jewish ritual bath.

Second Temple Period Mikveh Unearthed in Valley of Elah

Antiquities Robbers Caught Selling Rare Ossuaries

Some of the 11 Jewish ossuaries from Second Temple period still held bones, featured Hebrew script listing names of those interred.

Antiquities Robbers Caught Selling Rare Ancient Burial Chests

Att'y Demands Temple Mount Report Publication

Member of committee to preserve Temple Mount antiquities demands that secret report on Waqf be published - for the sake of the public.

Temple Mount Desecration: 'The Public Needs to Know'

Discovery Revives Ancient Tzitzit Dying Methods

Antiquities Authority presents recent discovery at conference, proof of tekhelet dying techniques from over 2,000 years ago.

New-found Artifact Revives Ancient Tzitzit Dying Methods

Ancient Curse Unearthed at City of David

1,700 year old curse found at archaeological dig in Jerusalem was ordered by a woman from a professional magician.

Ancient Curse Unearthed at City of David

Arab Antiquity Thieves Caught Red-Handed

Antiquities Authority announce arrest of three Arabs from the Hevron area who were involved in the theft of antiquities.

Arab Antiquity Thieves Caught Red-Handed

Arabs Caught Red Handed Robbing Ancient Grave

Three suspects were caught inside 1st century cave near Kibbutz Metzer.

Arabs Caught Red Handed Robbing Ancient Grave

Antiquities Authority Rips PM over Temple Mount

"Prime ministers and ministers know" about Muslim damage to Temple Mount, Knesset is told.

Antiquities Authority Rips Netanyahu over Temple Mount