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12,000-year-old village shows start of farming

Hebrew University researchers unearth ancient village in Jordan Valley showing 'crossroads of Paleolithic foragers and Neolithic farmers.'

12,000-year-old Israeli village shows start of farming

Israeli finds show prehistoric man ate turtles

200,000-year-old fossils discovered in a cave near Tel Aviv shed new light on the culinary habits of prehistoric man.

Slow food: Israeli finds show prehistoric man feasted on turtles

Prayer section hides last of Temple destruction

Archaeologist warns government compromise to expand non-Orthodox Kotel prayer section will destroy priceless Jewish heritage.

Reform prayer section to erase last signs of Temple destruction

3,400-year-old citadel in the basement

Ancient sea fortress with rare relics found in construction of coastal high-rise, and now it will be part of the basement level.

3,400-year-old citadel in the basement

2,700-year-old farm found in Rosh Ha'ayin

First Temple period farmhouse, along with 1,500-year-old church featuring colorful mosaics, discovered ahead of building new neighborhood.

2,700-year-old farm found in Rosh Ha'ayin

Ancient ram statue unearthed near Byzantine church

Christmas Eve discovery in Caesarea excites archaeologists; beautiful sculpture was almost perfectly preserved.

Beautiful ancient ram statue unearthed near Byzantine church

Watch: Bennett participates in archaeological dig

Education Minister joins teenagers for an educational archaeological dig. "This is the real youth of Israel."

Watch: Bennett participates in educational archaeological digplayer

Archaeologists unearth royal seal of King Hezekiah

Archaeologists unearth seal of King Hezekiah of Judea near Temple Mount - shedding new, exciting light on the Bibilical narrative.

Jerusalem: Incredible archaeological find brings Bible to lifeplayer

Israeli archaeologists unearth ancient granary

Ancient fava beans shed new light on how Neolithic man ate - and farmed.

Israeli archaeologists unearth world's oldest domesticated 'ful'

Beautiful ancient mosaic found in Lod

While building a visitor center for world famous 1,700-year-old mosaic, incredible new find leaves archaeologists floored.

Beautiful ancient mosaic found in Lod

Ancient fortress solves riddle of Macabbean revolt

Archaeologists make breathtaking discovery of Antiochus's fortress, replete with weapons bearing his mark that were used to fight Jews.

Watch: Ancient Greek fortress solves mystery of Macabbean revoltplayer

Rare Byzantine-Era Mosaic Found and Restored

The unique 1,500-year-old mosaic served as the floor of a church and will be displayed in Kiryat Gat.

Rare Byzantine-Era Mosaic Found and Restored

Rare Seal from King David Era Discovered

Rare 3,000 year-old seal dating to the period of kings David and Solomon discovered at the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem.

Temple Mount Project Finds Rare Seal from King David Era

Video Tour: Tomb of Maccabees Uncovered?

Ancient riddle: were mosaics adorned with a cross added to the graves because of Christian adoration of Maccabees?

Video Tour: Tomb of Maccabees Uncovered?player

Is This the Real Tomb of the Maccabees?

The Israel Antiquities Authority set out on a mission to solve a 150-year old riddle - and a treasure far more ancient.

Is This the Real Tomb of the Maccabees?

The 'Barbaric' Islamist War on Antiquities

At annual Jerusalem conference, world experts lament ISIS funding war via illegal antiquities trade, Waqf barbaric Temple Mount destruction.

ISIS to Temple Mount - 'Barbaric' Islamist War on Antiquitiesplayer

Old Mikveh With Rare Inscriptions Found in J'lem

Second Temple period ritual bath found during construction of kindergarten, with highly 'significant' wall paintings of Temple artifact.

Watch: Ancient Mikveh With Rare Inscriptions Found in Jerusalemplayer

Archaeologists Uncover Entrance to Goliath's City

Team of archaeologists from Bar-Ilan University discovers the fortifications and entrance gate of the Philistine city of Gath.

Archaeologists Uncover Entrance Gate to Goliath's City

Ancient Sling Stones Returned by Repentant Robber

20 years after stealing 2,000-year-old sling stones, thief turns them in with note: 'they brought me nothing but trouble. Don't steal!'

Ancient Roman Sling Stones Returned by Repentant Robber

Roman Legion Camp Unearthed in Megiddo

Discoveries revealed in camp excavation of legion that destroyed ancient Israel, at site where war for final redemption believed to begin.

Roman Legion Camp Unearthed in Megiddo, 'Site of Final War'

1,500-Year-Old Church Found Near Highway 1

Church was part of an ancient road station frequented by travelers between Jerusalem and the coastal plain.

1,500-Year-Old Church Found Near Highway 1

Arabs Sentenced for Plundered Ancient Judean Cave

Prison terms, 12,000 NIS fine for Arabs who caused irreparable damage to one of the most important sites ever found in Judean Desert.

Gang Sentenced for Plundering Rare Judean Archaeological Site

Oldest Ten Commandments on Display in Jerusalem

World's oldest complete example of the Biblical text on display at the Israel Museum as part of special exhibit.

Oldest Ten Commandments on Display 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

ISIS Completely Blows up Ancient City of Nimrud

800-year-old city and archaeological treasure trove leveled by ISIS in new video, to 'remove idolatry.'

ISIS Completely Blows up Ancient City of Nimrud

'Israelites Left Egypt, Egypt Didn't Leave Them'

Just in time for Passover, IAA reveals massive archaeological find indicating Egyptian cultural influence remained after Exodus.

'Israelites Left Egypt, but Egypt Didn't Leave Them'

Ancient Egyptian Beer-Making Stash Unearthed

5,000-year-old fragments provide first-ever evidence of Egyptian occupation in central Tel Aviv area.

Ancient Egyptian Beer-Making Vessels Discovered in Tel Aviv

Japan Funds UNESCO Mission to Save Iraq's Heritage

New initiative to use satellite imaging and other tools to stop jihadists from destroying artifacts or selling them on black market.

Japan Funds UNESCO Mission to Save Iraq's Heritage

Spelunkers Find Rare 2,300-Year-Old Treasure Cache

In one of the most important finds in northern Israel, three cave explorers unearth ancient coins and jewelry in stalactite cave.

Spelunkers Stumble Upon Rare 2,300-Year-Old Treasure Cache

Unprecedented Treasure Found off Israeli Coast

Ancient haul of 2,000 golden coins discovered by accident by divers; likely the remains of an ancient shipwreck.

Unprecedented Hidden Treasure Discovered off Israeli Coast

Grave Robbers Caught Red Handed

Three grave robbers were caught red-handed Friday night as they tried to raid antiquities in the area of Tel Ashkelon.

Grave Robbers Caught Red Handed Seeking Gold and Silver

IAA Finds Bracelet from Roman Period with Menorah

Glass bracelet found in what researchers believe was an ancient garbage pit; Menorah on bracelet just in time for Hannukah.

IAA Finds Glass Bracelet from Roman Period with Menorah

2,000-year-old Palace Entryway Found in Judea

Arched entry to Herodian Hilltop Palace unearthed revealing how palace was turned into memorial; evidence of Jewish revolts found on site.

2,000-year-old Palace Entryway Found in Judea

8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Discovered in Galilee

Researchers find oldest evidence of olive oil usage in Israel and likely in entire Middle East at Lower Galilee excavation.

8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Discovered in Galilee

2,800-Year-Old Farm Discovered Near Rosh Ha'ayin

Stunning find in coastal region reveals ancient farmhouse and rare coin with Alexander's name on it, testifying to Greek presence.

2,800-Year-Old Farm Discovered Near Rosh Ha'ayin

UNESCO Debates ISIS Erasing of Jewish History

Special Paris session featuring Israeli expert to discuss ways of saving ancient Jewish sites that have come under ISIS's cruel grasp.

UNESCO Debates ISIS Erasing of Jewish History

France Returns Artifacts Stolen from Egypt

250 artifacts from as far back as 2000 BCE returned to Nile state, latest in long spate of French artifact smuggling.

France Returns Artifacts Stolen from Egypt

How Canaanite Worship Looked in Joshua's Conquest?

Ariel University archaeologists find 3,300-year-old building used for pagan rituals in a city to the west of Hevron.

Is This How Canaanite Worship Looked During Joshua's Conquest?

One of Oldest Known Synagogues Seized by ISIS

Jihadists looting ancient archaeological sites, including 244 BCE synagogue; officials warn 5,000 years of history being erased.

One of Oldest Known Synagogues Seized by ISIS in Syria

Archaeologist Killed in Samaria Cave-In

Yuval Peleg, 45, of Kfar Adumim, was a senior archaeologist in the IDF's Civil Administration.

Archaeologist Killed in Samaria Cave-In