Israel Antiquity Authority archaeologists have uncovered a two-thousand-year-old ring with a solitaire gemstone in excavations in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem.
This Chanukah (the Jewish Festival of Lights), the Israel Museum displays 150 of its collection of 1,000 chanukiot – the largest collection of its kind in the world. The Chanukah menorahs, exhibited in the museum’s Jewish Art and Culture Wing, include pieces from an array of ancient Jewish diaspora communities in Spain, Morocco, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Holland, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia, Russia and Ukraine.
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.