Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) are uncovering evidence of Byzantine Beersheba in a most unexpected place: the city’s bustling central bus station. During recent renovations at the station, which sees thousands of travelers a day, workers came across archaeological remains from the Byzantine era. Since then, the IAA, together with archaeology students from Ben-Gurion University, has been working hard to uncover as much information about the site as possible. Thus far, archaeologists have uncovered several rooms filled with broken jars and coins, as well as a number of interesting underground rooms that were dug out beneath the floors of the normal dwellings.
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Explore an Egyptian excavation. Meet Kufti archaeologists, explore ancient streets and the mudbricks that shaped them and dive into the port of Alexandria.
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Chiseled on the forehead of this marble Aphrodite, a first-century A.D. copy of a fourth-century B.C. statue by Praxiteles, is a cross. The cross was likely carved by Christians, who had also damaged the goddess’s face to “close” the eyes and “silence” the mouth. More than just an act of vandalism, Christians may have reused such statues as stand-ins for saints or even the Virgin.
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The Forgotten Kingdom by Israel Finkelstein traces the development of the northern kingdom of Israel to an earlier time associated with the reign of King Saul. The award-winning work is critically and independently reviewed by William G. Dever and Aaron Burke.