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Groundbreaking discovery:

The earliest ship ever found in the deep seas

A 3,300-year-old ship’s cargo with hundreds of intact amphorae discovered 90 km from shore at a depth of 1.8 km on the Mediterranean Sea floor.

The earliest ship ever found in the deep seas

New study reveals:

Tefillin were not colored black 2,000 years ago

A new scientific study has found that ancient tefillin, or phylacteries, were not colored black, as is mandated by Jewish law.

Tefillin were not colored black 2,000 years ago

Ships at sea in the northern Negev?

Church walls revealed by Israel Antiquities Authority excavations portray 1500-year-old contemporary ships.

Ships at sea in the northern Negev?

Temple Mount sifting:

What were these ancient clay tokens used for?

Jerusalem archaeologists are still trying to understand the nature of a 2,000-year-old mysterious clay token found in dirt sifted from the Temple Mount.

What were these ancient clay tokens used for?

Rare 6,000-year-old ivory vessel discovered in southern Israel

Ivory vessel made of elephant tusk, dated to the Chalcolithic period, uncovered in Israel Antiquities Authority excavation near Be'er Sheva.

Rare 6,000-year-old ivory vessel discovered in southern Israel

High school student discovers 1,600-year-old oil lamp

The lamp was used by Roman soldiers guarding a fort on the Scorpions Ascent; an identical lamp was discovered in the same spot 90 years ago.

High school student discovers 1,600-year-old oil lamp

Discovered in nature reserve:

Rare coin from Bar Kohba Revolt

Rare coin from the time of the Bar Kokhba Revolt, engraved with the name of 'Eleazar the Priest' in ancient Hebrew script, discovered in the Judean Desert; three additional Revolt coins bearing the name Simeon, were also found.

Rare coin from Bar Kohba Revolt

In the City of David:

2,000-year-old rare stone box discovered

Rare enigmatic stone box from the Second Temple period discovered during City of David excavations was used for commercial activity, then burnt – evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago.

2,000-year-old rare stone box discovered

Discovered at Tel Megiddo:

1,800-year-old ‘Iron Legion’ Roman legionary base

Architectural remains of the 1,800-year-old Roman VIth ‘Ferrata’ Iron Legion military base uncovered in a recent excavation in northern Israel.

1,800-year-old ‘Iron Legion’ Roman legionary base

Rare 2,550-year-old silver coin discovered in Judea

Rare coin, among the earliest evidence for the use of coins in the country, discovered in Judean Hills; sheqel weight found in nearby building dates to Kingdom of Judah.

Rare 2,550-year-old silver coin discovered in Judea

Soldiers find 1,500-year-old oil lamp in staging grounds

Reserve soldiers wandering in staging grounds spot ceramic oil lamp in mud, turn it over to Antiquities Authority.

Soldiers find 1,500-year-old oil lamp in staging grounds

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

Greetings from King Antiochus:

Researchers find rooftiles from Hanukkah period

The most ancient rooftiles found in Israel were brought during the period Greek Seleucid king Antiochus IV & uncovered in the City of David.

Researchers find rooftiles from Hanukkah period

New research reveals:

Earliest mass weapons production in Southern Levant

Recent research reveals: As far back as 7,200 years ago, there was large-scale systematic production of war weapons in the country.

Earliest mass weapons production in Southern Levant

Following Oct. 7 massacre:

Archaeologists ID remains of at least 10 people believed missing

Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists aid IDF in efforts identify remains in homes burnt by Hamas terrorists in October 7 massacre.

Archaeologists ID remains of at least 10 people believed missing

Has a 2,300-year-old tomb been discovered in Jerusalem?

A burial cave discovered on a Jerusalem road opens a window into the funerary customs imported into Israel by the Hellenistic occupation.

Has a 2,300-year-old tomb been discovered in Jerusalem?

Muslim witchcraft artifacts found near Eilat

A series of archaeological finds indicate rituals used to banish evil spirits or release curses alongside more traditional Islam.

Muslim witchcraft artifacts found near Eilat

Sensational find:

4 Roman swords, nearly 2,000 years old, found in Judean Desert

A rare cache of weapons from the Roman period found stashed away in a cave in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.

4 Roman swords, nearly 2,000 years old, found in Judean Desert

Ancient Roman aqueduct collapses in Caesarea

Antiquities authorities warn that the rest of the structure could follow soon if restoration is not carried out.

Ancient Roman aqueduct collapses in Caesarea

Archeology in Israel:

5500-year-old city gate uncovered

Excavation carried out at Tel Arani in preparation for laying new water pipe reveals ancient 5,500-year-old gate.

5500-year-old city gate uncovered

Mirror, mirror, on the wall:

Youth leader uncovers 'magical mirror' at archaeological site

Youth leader Aviv Weizman discovers an ancient 'magical mirror' in an archaeological excavation in northern Israel.

Youth leader uncovers 'magical mirror' at archaeological site

Trump returns Israeli antiquities which were kept at Mar-a-Lago

Antiquities Authority and Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirm Trump returned artifacts which were shipped from Israel to the US in 2019.

Trump returns Israeli antiquities which were kept at Mar-a-Lago

Ancient Egyptian goddess figurine found in National Park

The Antiquities Authority identifies the statuette as the Egyptian goddess Hathor, and estimates it to be thousands of years old.

Ancient Egyptian goddess figurine found in National Park

Antiquity looters caught red-handed digging in ancient well

Antiquity looters caught digging for treasure and destroying historical evidence, following a southern Bedouin myth.

Antiquity looters caught red-handed digging in ancient well

Firstr discovery of written Canaanite sentence at Tel Lachish

Hebrew U. unearths ivory comb from 1700 BCE inscribed with plea to eradicate lice.

Firstr discovery of written Canaanite sentence at Tel Lachish

An unexpected greeting from an admired Swiss National hero

Graffiti with the name of Knight Adrian von Bubenberg discovered on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.

An unexpected greeting from an admired Swiss National hero

Rare quarter-shekel coin handed over to State of Israel

Extremely rare quarter-shekel coin, minted by Jewish rebels in the Great Revolt 2,000 years ago, is handed over to Israel in US ceremony.

Rare quarter-shekel coin handed over to State of Israel

Archaeologists unearth collection of ancient knuckle bones

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

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 zone

Spectacular rare coin 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 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

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 uncovered

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 uncovered

An ancient Jewish coin will fly 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

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

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 exposed

Jordanian weapons cache found beneath Kotel 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 park

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 Sanhedrin

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 ruins

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 Park

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

Hundreds of illegally-sold artifacts seized in Jerusalem 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

Young Israeli boy discovers 3,400-year-old Canaanite 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 victory 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 Ancient 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

Second Temple Period Mikveh Unearthed in Valley of Elah

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 Ancient Burial Chests

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

Temple Mount Desecration: 'The Public Needs to Know'

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'