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New archaeological findings at Ancient Shiloh

Archaeologists believe jars found in Ancient Shiloh excavation were buried beneath the floor to keep contents at a fixed, cool temperature.

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Israeli study shows olive trees first domesticated 7,000 years ago

'This is the earliest evidence for cultivation of a fruit tree,' researchers from Tel Aviv University & the Hebrew University say.

Olive trees first domesticated 7,000 years ago

Exclusive Perfume of Cleopatra and the Temple found in Jerusalem

The first-ever depiction of the Balm of Gilead, the exclusive perfume of Cleopatra and the Temple, may have been found in Jerusalem.

Exclusive Perfume of Cleopatra and the Temple found in Jerusalemplayer

You can’t restore destroyed archeological sites

When will the PA's outrageous and purposeful destruction of Jewish history finally be brought to an end? Op-ed.

You can’t restore destroyed archeological sites

Palestinian Arab propagandists re-write history—literally

History can be so inconvenient for people with agendas, so they just rewrite it. But in Israel, archaeology trumps the lies. Op-ed.

Palestinian Arab propagandists re-write history—literally

Excavation uncovers: Prehistoric migration route from Africa passed through Dimona

Evidence of the path of modern humans leaving Africa 100,000 years ago discovered in Dimona.

Prehistoric migration route from Africa passed through Dimona

Grape pips reveal: Plague and climate change may have destroyed Negev viticulture

Grape pips reveal collapse of ancient economy in the grip of plague and climate change.

Plague and climate change may have destroyed Negev economy

1,300-year-old church, apparently part of a monastery, uncovered in northern Israel

Newly-uncovered church hints at importance of Byzantine Christian village, archaeologists say.

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Israeli archaeologist says Great Wall of China wasn't built for war

Great Wall of China wasn't built for military defense, Israeli researcher says, instead it likely served to control population movements.

Israeli archaeologist says Great Wall of China not built for war

Civil Administration returns artifacts stolen by Arabs

Civil Administration returns ancient archeological artifacts stolen by robbers in the Bethlehem area.

Civil Administration returns artifacts stolen by Arabs

Study: Ancient Israelites used cannabis in Temple worship

Burned cannabis remains found on alter of First-Temple era Jewish shrine in Tel Arad, suggesting widespread cultic use of the drug.

Study: Ancient Israelites used cannabis in Temple worship

Roman church unearthed in northern Israel

Byzantine church matches location of Bethsaida, archaeologist says.

Roman church unearthed in northern Israel

DNA evidence shows Philistines originated in Europe

Analysis of ancient bones from Ashkelon shows biblical enemies of the Israelites came from Europe.

DNA evidence shows Philistines originated in Europe

PA: Israel trying to falsify history

PA foreign affairs bureau claims Israel is trying to take advantage of archaeological excavations to falsify history.

PA: Israel trying to falsify history

Israeli archaeologists say they found the ring of Pontius Pilate

Archaeologists say ring belonged to Roman prefect who ruled Judea province 2,000 years ago.

Israeli archaeologists say they found the ring of Pontius Pilate

Israeli historical artifacts to be shown in China for first time

Exhibition on ancient civilizations of China and Mesopotamia, including artifacts from Bible Lands museum, to be shown in China.

Israeli historical artifacts to be shown in China for first time

Ancient inscription from Second Temple period discovered

Rare inscription noting Jerusalem found in archaeological digs near Binyanei Ha'uma in the capital.

Ancient inscription from Second Temple period discoveredplayer

Remains of 400-year-old Lithuanian synagogue found

Archaeologists find remains of Great Synagogue of Vilnius. built in 17th century and destroyed during Nazi, Soviet periods.

Remains of 400-year-old Lithuanian synagogue found

Rare Byzantine mosaic found in Jerusalem's Old City

1,500 year old find includes name of Byzantine Emperor Justinian, Christian Orthodox priest.

Rare Byzantine mosaic found in Jerusalem's Old City

Archaeologists may have found lost city of Julias

Roman-era town was home to several major Christian figures, written about by Josephus.

Archaeologists may have found lost city of Julias

Attempt to smuggle ancient coins from Gaza foiled

Coins from period of Alexander the Great seized during attempt to smuggle them into Israel from Gaza.

Attempt to smuggle ancient coins from Gaza foiled

Stolen Second Temple period antiquities recovered in Samaria

Arab resident of Samarian village of Hawara arrested after stolen coins, jewelry, figurines and other ancient artifacts found in his home.

Stolen Second Temple period antiquities recovered in Samaria

Negev fort from time of David and Solomon unearthed

Examination and dating of animal remains show that Timna Valley fort dates to reign of Kings David and Solomon.

Negev fort from time of David and Solomon unearthed

Watch: Has evidence of the Kingdom of David been discovered?

The curator of the Bible Lands Museum takes us on a journey through time to discover a mysterious city from the days of King David.

Watch: Has evidence of the Kingdom of David been discovered?player

Jerusalem city hall teams up with far-left group

Tour guides from the extreme left organization 'Emek Shaveh' to be paid by the Jerusalem municipality to give visitors free tours.

Jerusalem municipality teams up with far-left organization

Watch: 17th Annual Archaeological conference

Leading archaeologists speak about recent findings, with special focus on attempts by various entities to erase Jewish history.

Watch: 17th Annual Archaeological conferenceplayer

German bank funds 'Arabs only' facility

KfW Bank funding waste treatment plant, on condition it only serve Arab population. Experts warn facility could harm archaeological sites.

German bank funds 'Arabs only' water purification plant

Eighteenth-century Ottoman settlement unearthed

The archeological unit of the Civil Administration unearthed an old Ottoman settlement during development work in the modern town of Beitar.

Eighteenth-century Ottoman settlement unearthed in Beitar Illit

'We experience the destruction year-round'

Archaeologist Dr. Gabi Barkai speaks of battles against the Waqf and Palestinian temple-denial: 'They want to have their cake and eat it.'

'We experience the destruction of the Temple year-round'

1,600 year-old kiln hewn from bedrock discovered

The Israel Antiquities Authority has discovered a pottery workshop hewn entirely from bedrock- the only one of its kind known in Israel.

1,600 year-old kiln hewn from bedrock discovered in Galilee

Ancient bones cast new light on Goliath's people

Excavation at ancient cemetery in southern Israel unearths fascinating insights into the biblical Philistines.

Ancient bones cast new light on Goliath's people

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

Hidden Jewish treasure from Hasmonean period found

Estate that fought Romans reveals ancient heroism, silver coin collection, bronze coins proclaiming: 'Freedom of Zion.'

Rare Jewish treasure from Hasmonean period unearthedplayer

Israel wards off looters high above the Dead Sea

Complex operation to excavate the 'Cave of Skulls' in Judean Desert involves one of the world's most unique anti-theft efforts.

Israel wards off looters of antiquity high above the Dead Sea

Ancient scarab seal discovered near Haifa

Beautifully-preserved seal from 17-18th Centuries BCE was owned by a senior Egyptian official of equivalent rank to Joseph in the Bible.

Beautiful ancient scarab seal discovered near Haifa

Girl finds ancient Pharaoh's amulet in Jerusalem

Rare, ancient mulet, bearing name of Egyptian King Thutmose III, discovered in earth illegally dug up by Waqf from Temple Mount.

Girl finds ancient Pharaoh's amulet at Temple Mount dig

Discovery: Ancient Judea was global glass producer

Oldest-ever glass kilns found in Israel unearthed near Mount Carmel, shed light on how 'Judean Glass' spread across Roman Empire.

Amazing discovery shows ancient Israel was global glass producerplayer

Archaeologists warn 'Reform Kotel' erases history

Israeli Archaeology Council writes to Netanyahu, Regev and Antiquities Authority, demanding plan for new prayer space be stopped.

Archaeology Council warns 'Reform Kotel' will destroy history

Ancient 2nd Temple-era tools discovered in Magdala

Trove of ancient bronze tools unearthed by Israeli archaeologists in Magdala, near one of Israel's most ancient synagogues.

Unique Second Temple-era tools discovered at ancient synagogueplayer

Is the ancient city of Palmyra lost forever?

Despite recapture of Syria's 'Pearl of the Desert' from ISIS, the damage to priceless artifacts may be irreversible.

Is the ancient city of Palmyra lost forever?