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Modern Israeli Wild Boars Have European Roots

By Jspace Staff on 11/5/2013 at 3:42 PM

Categories: Environment, Israel

Modern Israeli Wild Boars Have European Roots

Wild pigs in Israel are from Europe not the Near East, according to a recent report published in the journal Scientific Reports. The Israeli-led study said the first European boars were likely imported by the Philistines. "Our DNA analysis proves that the wild boars living in Israel today are the descendants of European pigs brought here starting in the Iron Age, around 900 BCE," Israel Finkelstein and Meirav Meiri of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near East Civilizations, wrote in a …More

Ancient Jewish Cemetery Unearthed in Turkey

By Jspace Staff on 11/1/2013 at 3:08 PM

Categories: History, Europe

Ancient Jewish Cemetery Unearthed in Turkey

An ancient Jewish cemetery has been uncovered in Turkey. The historic site was uncovered during routine construction work for a new tunnel. The cemetery, however, was located directly underneath a museum of archaeology in the city of Izmir, adding a note of irony to the find. “The excavations are ongoing. Since there is a possibility that more bones can be found, we are suspending the burials until we are certain that all bones were collected,” Jak Kaya, Izmir Jewish Community president, told …More

7th Century Treasure Trove Discovered in Jerusalem (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 9/9/2013 at 11:51 AM

Categories: History, Israel

Researchers in Israel have unearthed a treasure trove dating back to the Byzantine era. Staff with the Hebrew University announced today the find, which entails gold and silver artifacts, including a 10-centimeter gold medallion engraved with a menorah, shofar and Torah scroll. The pieces were discovered near the Temple Mount, adjacent to the Southern Wall of Jerusalem, in an area known as the Ophel. The collection is dated to the 7th century. “I have never found so much gold in my life,” said …More

Fragment Nearly 3K Years Old Found in Old Jerusalem

By Jspace Staff on 8/19/2013 at 5:40 PM

Categories: Israel, History

Fragment Nearly 3K Years Old Found in Old Jerusalem

A piece of pottery from the historic First Temple era has been discovered in Jerusalem. The piece, a pottery fragment, contains an inscription believed to be the name Zechariah, a biblical figure that was the son of Benaiah, father of BCE prophet Jahaziel. The finding is thought to be 2,700 years old. “While not complete, the inscription presents us with the name of a seventh century BCE figure, which resembles other names known to us from both the Biblical and archaeological record… and provides us …More

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500-Year-Old Skeleton of Jewish Man Found in Brazil

From JTA on 7/19/2013 at 1:35 PM

Categories: World, History

500-Year-Old Skeleton of Jewish Man Found in Brazil

Brazilian archaeologists unearthed what they said are the 500-year-old remains of a Jewish man in Recife. A report Thursday in the online edition of the Rio de Janeiro-based O Globo described the discovery of a perfectly preserved skeleton of a male adult earlier this month. The skeleton was found in Recife in Brazil, where Portuguese Jews in 1636 built the first known synagogue in the New World. Marcos Albuquerque of the Federal University of Pernambuco, who oversaw the dig around the skeleton, told O Globo he …More

Ruins of King David's Palace Unearthed Outside Jerusalem

From JNS.org on 7/19/2013 at 1:08 PM

Categories: History, Israel

Ruins of King David's Palace Unearthed Outside Jerusalem

Two large structures believed to have been a part of King David’s palace have been unearthed in a joint seven-year excavation led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authority, the two announced Wednesday. The discovery was made in the site of the ancient city of Khirbet Qeiyafa, located southwest of Jerusalem and borders Beit Shemesh and the Elah Valley, Israel Hayom reported. The city dates back to the early 10th century BCE, and archeologists believe it met a sudden end …More

  • The Khirbet Qeiyafa ruins, believed to be remnants of King David's palace. Credit: Hebrew University

Rare Egyptian Sphinx Found in Northern Israel (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 7/10/2013 at 12:54 PM

Categories: Israel, World

A 3,000-year-old Egyptian sphinx was unearthed in northern Israel Tuesday, marking the lone instance of an ancient Egyptian artifact being discovered in the Jewish state. The item in question is a pair of sphinx feet dating to the era of Egyptian ruler Mycerinus, who ruled in 2500 BCE. He is noted for his building of one of the three pyramids of Giza. "This is the only monumental Egyptian statue ever found in the Levant - today's Israel, Lebanon, Syria," Amnon Ben-Tor, an archaeology professor at the Hebrew …More

Hebrew University Archaeologists Uncover Oldest Known Inscription in Jerusalem

By Jspace Staff on 7/10/2013 at 11:24 AM

Categories: History, Israel

Hebrew University Archaeologists Uncover Oldest Known Inscription in Jerusalem

The oldest inscription ever uncovered in Jerusalem has been found, with alphabetical writing dating back to the time of King David. The inscription was found on a jar fragment near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount last year, but was only announced today following exhaustive studies on the item. The artifact is believed to be 3,000 years old, with writing in a Canaanite language. The piece was found by Hebrew University archaeologist Eilat Mazar, and Hebrew University says it is the oldest writing ever found in the …More

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Ancient Cave Discovered During Work on West Bank Security Fence

From JTA on 7/8/2013 at 4:26 PM

Categories: Israel, History

Ancient Cave Discovered During Work on West Bank Security Fence

A million-year-old cave was discovered in the West Bank during work to move the security fence nearer the settlement of Tzofim. The cave, with deep caverns and large rooms filled with stalactites and stalagmites, was discovered over the weekend, Yediot Achronot reported. Tzofim, near central Israel, is surrounded on one side by Kfar Saba and on the other by the Palestinian city of Kalkilya. Along with moving the fence closer to the community, the work also was being done to create better traffic patterns for the …More

Soviet Tank Unearthed Outside of Tel Aviv

By Jspace Staff on 7/5/2013 at 11:55 AM

Categories: Israel, History

Soviet Tank Unearthed Outside of Tel Aviv

A WWII-era Soviet tank was recently found buried underground in Holon, a large industrial city just outside of Tel Aviv. It was discovered by construction crews excavating a site. The tank was found on Merkava Street; Merkava is the name of Israel’s domestic tank. The unearthed tank is T-34 model likely produced around 1939. It is possible that the foreign tank was captured during one of Israel’s wars or simply left behind, a byproduct from a military workshop that operated near the site many years …More

Ancient Roman Road Uncovered in Jerusalem

From JTA on 6/25/2013 at 3:32 PM

Categories: History, Israel

Ancient Roman Road Uncovered in Jerusalem

A section of a 1,800-year-old ancient road from the Roman period running from Jerusalem to Jaffa was uncovered in northern Jerusalem. The road was discovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Israeli-Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina to prepare for the installation of a drainage pipe. The road was made of large, flat stones and bound on both sides by curbstones. It is badly worn in some areas, indicating that it was used extensively and repaired several times. Other segments of the …More

Louvre Launches First Israeli Exhibit

By Jspace Staff on 5/23/2013 at 11:36 AM

Categories: Art, Europe, Israel

Louvre Launches First Israeli Exhibit

Israel’s first ever exhibit at the Louvre is currently underway, with a 1,700-year-old mosaic as the centerpiece. The Lod Mosaic is on display at the historic Parisian museum, part of the first instance the Louvre has put together an entire exhibit dedicated to Israeli artifacts. In the past, the museum has displayed Israeli pieces from private collections. The Lod Mosaic is an ancient piece discovered in1996 during excavation for a highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Since that time, the mosaic has …More