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New Lot’s Cave Museum Set to Open at Ancient Zoar (Zoora)

02/17 | Located 1,329 feet below sea level at the southern edge of the Dead Sea, the aptly-named Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth is set to open this spring. The   Read more…

An Expert’s Take on Toilet History and Customs from Antiquity to the Renaissance

02/17 | While reading Sarah Bakewell’s bestselling biography of the 16th-century French essayist Michel de Montaigne, Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) editor Hershel Shanks came across a reference to an interesting toilet custom   Read more…

Important Temple Mount Model Returns to Jerusalem

02/16 | A 19th-century model of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, which details nearly every early excavation and underground passageway known at the time, was returned to Jerusalem last week. The model, which measures   Read more…

Israel Approves New City of David Visitor Center

02/15 | The Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee approved this week a plan to build a new visitor center above the ongoing Givati parking lot excavations within the existing City of   Read more…

Expedition Claims Evidence of Queen of Sheba Found in Ethiopia

02/14 | British archaeologists exploring the Gheralta plateau in Ethiopia’s northern highlands claim to have discovered an enormous goldmine once operated by the ancient kingdom of Saba, home to the legendary Queen   Read more…

Israel’s National Heritage Restoration Plan Takes Shape

02/13 | Two years into Israel’s project to improve and restore archaeological and heritage sites across the country, some progress has been made towards determining exactly which sites will be restored, though   Read more…

A New Document Dated to Four Years After the Second Jewish Revolt

02/08 | During the First Jewish Revolt against Rome (66–70 C.E.), which ended with the destruction of the Temple, Jews minted their own coins dated to the first, second, third, fourth and,   Read more…

Iron Age Fortress Unearthed at Ashdod

02/07 | Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have uncovered the massive, 3-foot-thick walls of an Iron Age fortress at the coastal site of Ashdod south of Tel Aviv. The walls,   Read more…

Slowly, Iraqi Antiquities Begin to Return

02/06 | Germany last week returned 45 ancient artifacts to Iraq that were stolen and looted from the country’s museums and archaeological sites following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The artifacts, including a   Read more…

Royal Garden from Israelite Palace Reveals Its Secrets

02/02 | Archaeologists excavating a garden complex from an ancient Israelite palace at the site of Ramat Rahel just south of Jerusalem have found new evidence for the plants and fruits that   Read more…


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