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Objects that appear to have been used by folk sorcerers were discovered along the ancient road that led from Egypt to Mecca about 400 years ago
Annette Landes Nagar is an archaeologist-digger and Bar Ilan President Fellow, whose research has yielded important discoveries in the Jerusalem area
In an excavation by the Antiquities Authority prior to the construction of a Mekorot company water line in the Kiryat Gat area, an ancient gate was discovered, approximately 5,500 years old * This gate was part of the fortification system of one of the most important mounds for understanding the beginning of urbanization
She handed it over to the State Treasury and received a certificate of appreciation from the Antiquities Authority for demonstrating good citizenship
A new study published today (Fri) in the prestigious scientific magazine Nature Scientific Report suggests that tiny flutes made from the wing bones of waterfowl were used to produce sounds imitating the sounds of birds of prey
The inscription was written on a small, folded lead tablet, and it was found last year during soil screening works for the excavation of the late Prof. Adam Zartal from the University of Haifa on Mount Ibal
The compass, as well as Bren type machine gun pods, were uncovered in an archaeological study by Dr. Rafi Lewis from Ashkelon Academic College and Haifa University and Il Marco from the Antiquities Authority * According to the researchers, the compass belonged to the platoon commander or one of the two patrols who fought in force * The study may shed light on the battle in which they were killed all warriors
A Shebaite inscription was deciphered on a clay urn that contained incense and was discovered less than 300 meters from the site of the temple as part of the Ofel excavations in Jerusalem. The inscription on the urn indicates a connection between King Solomon's Israel and the kingdom of Sheba which was in the territory of today's Yemen
This year's winners' projects include a virtual reality tour of the medieval city of Angkor Wat, a digital archive of disappearing architecture in Kenya, studies of post-Holocaust interfaith schisms, gender and politics in colonial Nigeria, and white women's involvement in slave ownership in the American South
The new parts of the defense system on the walls of Old Jerusalem against Crusader attacks were discovered during archaeological excavations by the Antiquities Authority on Sultan Suleiman Street, prior to the laying of infrastructure at the initiative of the Jerusalem Municipality through the Moriah Jerusalem Development Company
Cotton fabrics and silk fabrics originating in India and China from about 1,300 years ago found in the Arabah testify to ancient trade from the Far East, through the Land of Israel and Europe
This is the first evidence that there was a continuous and long-term trade of metals from the Levant region to Anatolia already in the 17th century BC, about 500 years before the Iron Age when the use of silver coins became common in the region
The remains of the opium were found in pottery excavated at Tel Yehud, in an excavation conducted by Ariola Yakoel on behalf of the Antiquities Authority. The pots that contained the opium date to the 14th century BC, and they were found in the tombs of Canaanites and were apparently used as part of the local cult of the dead
Prof. Erez Ben Yosef from the Department of Archeology at Tel Aviv University in a fascinating description of the elite's fashion in the tenth century BC, during the reigns of David and Solomon * from Tel Aviv University's Tel Aviv 360 podcast series
Prof. Oded Lifshitz, head of the Nadler Institute of Archeology in the Lester and Sally Antin Faculty of Humanities, was announced as the recipient of the A.M.T. (Art, Science, Culture) for 2022. The prize will be awarded to him at a ceremony to be held during the month of June, in the capacity of the Prime Minister of Israel.
"The findings reflect the beginnings of globalization processes in the ancient world and the special importance of the Middle East and the desert space in particular, at the crossroads of East and West," say the researchers
A new study led by the Hebrew University reveals for the first time in history, Egyptian wall reliefs depicting intimate scenes of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti and Pharaoh Akhenaten, in which rituals performed by the royal couple before their sacred marriage as living gods are described
Prof. Roni Allenblum Zel dedicated his life to the study of climatic effects on cultures and historical events. A new study, now published posthumously, suggests that their influence is greater than we thought
One of the researchers responsible for the discovery tells how an asteroid similar to the one that caused the incident in Tungaska in Siberia in 1908, hit a city in Jordan northeast of the Dead Sea. The city was abandoned afterwards, and the echoes of the explosion hit other cities in the vicinity, including Jericho
The famous earthquake, which occurred in Israel about 2800 years ago and appears in the Bible, was previously uncovered in several locations throughout Israel, but the researchers believe that for the first time they were able to identify remains of destruction that indicate that the earthquake also hit Jerusalem - the capital of the Kingdom of Judah
Tensions between communities and complex technology 15 years ago: Although there are sources of high-quality basalt for chiseling tools close to Carmel, the residents of the Al-Wad Cave Terrace 15 years ago went as far as the Sea of ​​Galilee to collect basalt for chiseling tools for food processing, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Haifa
The rare seal impression that was found is the earliest evidence in Israel of the use of a seal for signing shipments or locking doors. The seal dates to the Middle Chalcolithic period, about two thousand years before the appearance of writing
This is the first time after about 60 years that fragments of scrolls from the books of the Bible have been discovered in excavations. The fragments, rewritten in Greek, include remnants of the books of the Ten Prophets, among them Zechariah and Nahum * The remains of the scroll and other rare finds were discovered by archaeologists of the Antiquities Authority in a challenging national project and dramatic, designed to eradicate the looting of antiquities in the Judean desert
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