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Bombing historical sites in Gaza: 'Israel is destroying everything beautiful'

Published: December 26, 2023 13:45

The 13th century Great Omari Mosque, the Church of Saint Porphyrius, the excavation site at the ancient port: Alongside thousands of dead and hundreds of thousands of displaced, dozens of heritage sites in the Gaza Strip have been destroyed by Israeli…

The real King David's Jerusalem and other biblical archaeology discoveries in Israel 2023

Published: December 21, 2023 11:12

Who were the Israelites? Archaeologists extract DNA; Canaanites built a huge arch for reasons that escape us; a lost biblical monument in Jerusalem - is it right there in plain sight? and more

'We are creating a Yad Vashem 2.0': The race against time to document the horrors of the October 7 massacre

Published: December 18, 2023 12:02

A vast project is underway to scan and document each burned-down room and wrenched-out window frame, every bullet hole and charred chair, every broken doll and abandoned cactus garden. Just as they were left on October 7, the day Hamas attacked Israel's…

Archaeologists bewildered by monumental moat that split biblical Jerusalem in two

Published: December 12, 2023 15:52

Israeli archaeologists have found a huge ditch carved into the rock that may have split ancient Jerusalem in two 3,000 years ago, with the elites on one side and the rest on the other. Why is another question

Why were there lions in the towns of biblical Israel – as predators, or trophies?

Published: November 29, 2023 12:42

A lion’s toe bone and piece of leopard jaw were found at Tel Burna, identified as the biblical town of Libnah – which is one of many Near Eastern sites featuring big cat remains. Giant-slayer David claimed to have slain a lion, but could he have?

How many Israelis died? Archaeologists join efforts to locate human remains

Published: November 16, 2023 17:54

How many murder victims, fallen soldiers, missing people and hostages are there as a result of Hamas' attack? A team of archaeologists came to Kibbutz Nir Oz near the Gaza border to assist in the efforts in the burned houses

Archaeologists may have found traditional home of Jesus' apostles by the Sea of Galilee

Published: November 8, 2023 13:09

Below an early church in the village they think was Bethsaida, archaeologists uncovered a ‘sacred wall’ – that couldn’t have been from Peter the Apostle’s house. However, the one next to it could have been

Spy satellites over Syria reveal hundreds of ancient Roman forts

Published: October 26, 2023 03:08

A Jesuit archaeologist flew over the Near East in the 1920s looking for Roman forts – and found them. Newly declassified images from the Cold War show hundreds more, and also show that Father Poidebard had his interpretations all wrong

Archaeological, biblical institutions condemn Hamas massacre

Published: October 17, 2023 13:15

Following a week of complaints by Israeli archaeologists over their silence, the American Society for Overseas Research on Monday condemned Hamas’ ‘vicious massacre’ of Israeli civilians, while the Society of Biblical Literature cited concern over rising…

The oldest most complete Hebrew Bible arrives in Israel

Published: October 5, 2023 16:06

The Codex Sassoon was bought at auction in New York for $38 million in May and donated to the museum. The price makes the Bible weighing 12 kilograms the most expensive Jewish manuscript in history and contains handwritten signs indicating how it is to be…

Israeli archaeologists may have found first-ever grave of hetaira from time of Alexander the Great

Published: September 27, 2023 10:37

Buried 2,300 years ago on the road to Jerusalem, with grave goods consisting of nails and a mirror from the time of Alexander of Macedonia, archaeologists surmise this woman was a Greek courtesan