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  • 1st-Temple-period seal exposed in Kotel Plaza excavations

    12/31/2017 11:45:44 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/18
    The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday that a unique stamped piece of clay from the First Temple period, inscribed in ancient Hebrew script, was unearthed in the authority excavations in the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem's Old City. The artifact originally belonged to the “governor of the city” of Jerusalem – the most prominent local position to be held in Jerusalem of 2700 years ago. According to the excavator, Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, "the Bible mentions two governors of Jerusalem, and this finding thus reveals that such a position was actually held by someone in the city some 2700 years...
  • Ancient tomb door with stunning menorah carving revealed in Israel

    12/21/2017 5:18:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-21-17 | James Rogers
    As the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah comes to a close, the discovery of an ancient tomb door with a stunning menorah carving is providing a fascinating glimpse into Israel’s rich history. The basalt tomb door, which is undergoing preservation work, was recently put on display by the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University, in Jerusalem. The door was discovered in Tiberias in Israel’s Galilee region in 2010 by archaeologists from the University, but was only revealed to the public a few weeks ago, said Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, senior lecturer at Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology and Department of Islamic and...
  • Archaeologists discover two ancient tombs in Egypt

    12/09/2017 1:11:18 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 21 replies
    https://nypost.com ^ | 12/09/2017 | AP
    <p>Egypt — Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country’s efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector.</p> <p>The tombs, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, are the latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs spanning different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.</p>
  • Sphinx From 90-Year-Old Movie Set Unearthed in California

    12/02/2017 2:10:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, December 2, 2017
    Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Ten Commandments." The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.
  • Kingdom of David and Solomon Supported by Growing Archaeological Evidence

    11/27/2017 11:38:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CREV ^ | 11/25/2017 | David F. Coppedge
    Kingdom of David and Solomon Supported by Growing Evidence The evidence is coming together to support the Biblical record of David and Solomon. An Israeli publication updates the latest finds.In Haaretz, an Israeli news site, you can watch Bible stories rise from the dust. For decades, liberals critics have said that Biblical kings David and Solomon were mythical heroes invented by later Bible writers. It’s hard to say that any more. Philippe Bohstrom has done a service to those who prefer to trust the Bible over man’s changing opinions, pulling together in one place the latest findings that support...
  • A Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Has Been Found Under a Lake in Turkey

    11/22/2017 7:55:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 21 NOV 2017 | MICHELLE STARR
    Sometimes legends are true. Sunken cities are typically the stuff of legend, but now archaeologists have found the real thing hiding deep within Lake Van in Turkey. After a decade of searching the Middle East's second largest lake, the home of a lost kingdom has been found hundreds of metres beneath the surface. Archaeologists from the Van Yüzüncü Yıl University announced the incredible discovery - a vast 3,000-year-old castle preserved deep within the lake in amazing condition. The researchers worked closely with an independent team of divers to find their prize. Lost underwater cities and castles are a popular motif...
  • Human skeleton found on famed Antikythera shipwreck

    09/19/2016 5:44:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    nature ^ | 19 September 2016 | Jo Marchant
    Foley and the archaeologists, meanwhile, are elated by the chance to learn more about the people on board the first-century bc ship, which carried luxury items from the eastern Mediterranean, probably intended for wealthy buyers in Rome. The skeleton discovery is a rare find, agrees Mark Dunkley, an underwater archaeologist from the London-based heritage organization Historic England. Unless covered by sediment or otherwise protected, the bodies of shipwreck victims are usually swept away and decay, or are eaten by fish. Complete skeletons have been recovered from younger ships, such as the sixteenth-century English warship the Mary Rose and the seventeenth-century...
  • Puritans' 'luxury items' unearthed in Boston

    11/15/2017 10:56:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 15, 2017 | James Rogers
    Archaeologists in Boston have unearthed surprising luxury items from the 17th century, shedding new light on the lives of Puritans in the city. Items found include an extravagant fragment of 17th-century Venetian glassware and part of an Italian plate decorated with a flower that dates from around 1630, which may be the oldest piece of European ceramic ever found in Boston. “The items are significant because we rarely see them, archaeologically,” Joe Bagley, city archaeologist for Boston’s Landmarks Commission, told Fox News via email. “Also, Puritan Boston is often seen as an extremely conservative, reserved, and religious location in the...
  • Have archaeologists found Buddha's remains? Cremated bones discovered in a 1,000-year-old chest

    11/15/2017 5:51:22 AM PST · by mairdie · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 November 2017 | Tim Collins
    Human remains buried by a pair of monks in China over a millennia ago are claimed to belong to Buddha. Believers say the 2,000 pieces of cremated bones belonged to Siddhartha Gautama, whose teachings became the foundations of the Buddhist religion. The cremated bones were found in an ceramic box with an inscription claiming they belong to Buddha, who is believed to have died 2,500 years ago. The box was found in Jingchuan County, China, alongside more than 260 Buddhist statues.
  • Ancient Latrine: A Peek into King Hezekiah's Reforms in the Bible?

    11/09/2017 11:18:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | November 8, 2017 | Robin Ngo
    The Hebrew Bible has several references to King Hezekiah's reforms and attempts to centralize worship in Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 29-32 describes his efforts during the first year of his reign to cleanse and refurbish the Temple in Jerusalem, believing that his ancestors had not worshipped the God of Israel dutifully. 2 Kings 18:4 narrates that "he removed the high places (bamot), broke down the pillars (masseboth), and cut down the sacred pole (asherah)."
  • Discovering Naboth's Vineyard: Another Find of Biblical Proportions

    11/03/2017 9:26:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/03/2017 | Eric Metaxas
    Sometimes I wish I'd become an archaeologist. Imagine discovering something like, oh, I don't know, Naboth's vineyard from 1 Kings. Here at BreakPoint, we love to tell you about the ways that archaeology is confirming the biblical narrative, and, judging by the response, you love to hear about it. Well, the latest discovery is one of the coolest yet. It's possible confirmation of one of the most memorable stories in the Bible: Ahab and Naboth's vineyard. First Kings 21 tells the story of Naboth the Jezreelite who had the misfortune to own a vineyard near king Ahab's palace. Ahab coveted...
  • Archaeologists are mystified by ancient “gates” in Saudi lava fields

    10/22/2017 11:16:29 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 42 replies
    Ars Technica ^ | 20 Oct, 2017 | ANNALEE NEWITZ
    Google Earth reveals hundreds of geoglyphs in the desert, possibly 9,000 years old. For almost a century, aerial photographers have been documenting mysterious, millennia-old structures built from low walls of stone in the rocky lava fields, known as harrat, in Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. This desert region, blistered with volcanic mounds, is nearly devoid of life. But seen from above, the barren ground is covered with massive, interlocking geoglyphs that take the form of abstract arrow shapes called "kites" and rough rectangles called "gates." University of Western Australia archaeologist David Kennedy became interested in the structures after discovering how...
  • New mummies discovered in tomb near Luxor, Egypt

    09/09/2017 4:41:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the tomb of a royal goldsmith containing the mummies of a woman and her two children, authorities said. The tomb, dating back to the New Kingdom (16th to 11th Centuries BC), was found near the Nile city of Luxor, 400 miles (700km) south of Cairo. Among the items discovered inside was a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat, sitting beside his wife. ... According to the archaeologists, the mother died aged about 50, with tests revealing she had a bacterial bone disease. Her two sons were in their 20s and 30s and their bodies said to...
  • 1,500-year-old message unearthed during work for cellular carrier

    08/29/2017 11:22:33 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Aug 24, 2017 | Efrat Forsher and Israel Hayom Staff
    A dig to lay new cable for the Partner communications company near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem this summer unearthed a very old missed message: a 1,500-year-old mosaic floor bearing a Greek inscription. Dr. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem deciphered the inscription, which reads: "In the time of our most pious Emperor Flavius Justinian, also this entire building Constantine the most God-loving priest and abbot, established and raised, in the 14th indiction." According to Di Segni, "This inscription commemorates the founding of the building by Constantine, the priest. The inscription names the emperor,...
  • Ancient Skulls That Mirror Ours, Rewrite Human History

    08/09/2017 11:04:13 AM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    BI ^ | 8-9-2017 | Erin Brodwin
    Most people don't spend their free time imagining what it would be like to get on the subway and sit across from a 300,000-year-old person. But anthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin isn't most people. In June, Hublin published two papers in the highly-respected journal Nature suggesting that the first Homo sapiens — that is, the first members of our species — lived 100,000 years earlier than previously thought in a place that no one would have expected. They also had faces that looked surprisingly like ours. ”I’m not sure these people would stand out from a crowd today," said Hublin on a...
  • Ten Recent Discoveries That Will Blow Your Mind

    08/09/2017 9:04:58 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 24 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 8/9/17 | Gary
    1. A breakthrough study from the Institute of Crystallography in Italy has just confirmed that the image of the man on the Shroud of Turin is composed of real blood and in fact a microscopic analysis of blood particles reveals that the blood had to come from someone undergoing torture.  This just further confirms the possible authenticity of the Shroud (see here). 2. Using a recently developed X-ray imaging technology, archaeologists were able to read the inside of a biblical scroll that was covered in ash during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.  The results?  The current manuscripts...
  • Archeologists Find New Evidence of Lost City of Julias Near Sea of Galilee

    08/07/2017 9:27:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Real Clear Life ^ | August 7, 2017 | Rebecca Gibian
    After decades of searches by archeologists in the upper Jordan Valley, the lost Roman city of Julias, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus’s apostles Andrew, Peter and Philip, may have recently been unearthed. The discovery was made during excavations at Beit Habek, located in Bethsaida, by archeologist Dr. Mordechai Aviam, head of the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archeology at Kinneret Academic College. Bethsaida was once a fishermen’s village on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, and is mentioned in several New Testament books as the home of at least three of Jesus’s most important apostles, reports the...
  • New Archaeological Find Confirms Biblical Account of the Babylonian Conquest of Jerusalem

    08/02/2017 10:49:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/02/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    (Photo: YouTube/Israel Antiquities Authority Official Channel)Artifacts dating from the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in the sixth century BC.A newly discovered archaeological find confirms the Old Testament's account of the taking of Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire in the sixth century BC.Excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority at the Jerusalem Walls National Park, as funded by the City of David Foundation, discovered strong evidence of fire damage from around the time when the city was conquered by the Babylonians.The IAA explained in a YouTube video from late July that various findings recently unearthed included "charred wood, grape...
  • Archaeologists may have discovered the place where Jesus performed the “miracle of the swine”

    07/17/2017 4:40:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 17, 2017
    A marble slab was uncovered with an inscription in Hebrew that might indicate the exact location of the event. The Gospel of Mark recalls the arrival of Jesus to the northeastern region of the Sea of Galilee, the Kineret: They reached the territory of the Gerasenes on the other side of the lake, and when he disembarked, a man with an unclean spirit at once came out from the tombs towards him. The man lived in the tombs and no one could secure him any more, even with a chain, because he had often been secured with fetters and...
  • New Tunnel Discovered Under Ancient Pyramid

    07/09/2017 10:23:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | Heather Brady
    The tunnel was found under the Pyramid of the Moon, the second-largest structure in the ancient city (the largest is the Pyramid of the Sun), according to the International Business Times. The archaeologists who discovered it believe that it mirrors the Teotihuacans’ great monuments and may represent the underworld in the belief system of the pre-Colombian, 2,000-year-old civilization that built it (a civilization thought to pre-date the Aztecs, who later occupied the site). The tunnel is long, extending from the central square known as the Plaza de la Luna to the nearby pyramid. It is about 33 feet (10 meters)...