Archaeologists set out to stop looters from stealing prized religious relics. In a new exhibit entitled ‘Finds Gone Astray,’ The Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem is showcasing items captured from antiquities looters in the West Bank — telling the story of the artifacts all the way until their recapturing.
During a routine excavation in Beersheba, 2,000-year-old Second Temple/Roman period carvings were discovered. According to an Israel Antiquities Authority expert, 13 ships were engraved on the walls of a water cistern. Many contained technical details, assuming a working knowledge of ship construction.
Archaeologists have long disputed whether the Exodus described in the Bible was a factual, historical account of the Jews’ arrival from Egypt or whether the evidence points toward a non-Biblical version – an internal social development in the region. A recent discovery that may prove Iron Age nomads dwelt in the Jordan Valley may bring… Read more »
Approximately 1,020 clay seals (bullae) dating back to the Hellenistic period – which coincides with the time the Second Temple stood in Jerusalem – and which may have belonged to the letter archive of a wealthy landowner, were found in August at the Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park in central Israel, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority recently announced.