The Sea Peoples who came to the southern Levantine coast from the Aegean and elsewhere 3,200 years ago sailed with pigs on board, says a new study. Continue reading “Genetic analysis of 3,000-year-old pig remains in Israel shows that they came from Greece”
Israeli archaeologists have uncovered the remnants of an impressive fort built more than two thousand years ago by Greeks in the center of old Jerusalem. The ruins are the first solid evidence of an era in which Hellenistic culture held sway in this ancient city. Continue reading “Jerusalem Dig Uncovers Ancient Greek Citadel”
The ancient city of Maresha (located next to Beth Guvrin) contains some of the richest archaeological finds in Israel from the Hellenistic Period (ca. 3-2nd centuries BCE).
This was a time when the city was a major crossroads and commercial centre. Discoveries at Maresha have illuminated how the region’s diverse cultures and ethnic groups interacted. The city was conquered in 107 BCE, by the Maccabean King John Hyrcanus I. Continue reading “Hundreds of Hellenistic-period seal impressions discovered at Maresha”
Archaeologists in Israel have discovered an entertainment complex with spa and game room as well as evidence of a large ceramic workshop. The discovery was made in the town of Gedera in central Israel by IAA. Continue reading “Israel: Spa and game room found in ancient ceramic workshop”
Archaeologists in the city of Lod, Israel, have discovered an additional mosaic where mosaics found years ago had been discovered. The team were preparing the site for the construction of a Visitors’ Centre at the site. The centre will include a modern building where the 4th-century mosaics will be displayed, with respect to the plan of the ancient villa they were laid in. Continue reading “Another 1,700-year-old mosaic has been discovered in Israel”
Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists digging at the site of Hura, Negev desert in the framework of salvage excavations, discovered (2014) the impressive remains of an Early Christan monastery, where mosaics were found in a good state of preservation. Continue reading “Early Christian mosaics unearthed in the Negev desert”