Category Archives: New Discoveries

Biblical inscription from Mt. Ebal, but a note of caution

Archaeologists have revealed a small, ancient lead amulet with an inscription that was discovered on Mt. Ebal in the rubbish pile of a previous excavation. Back in the 1980s, Dr. Adam Zertal uncovered a stone structure atop Mt. Ebal that … Continue reading

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Recent Discoveries: another 1st-century synagogue in Magdala and an early Christian’s ring

A few years ago, we found a synagogue from Jesus’ time in the biblical town of Magdala, where Mary the Magdalene once lived. The excavated synagogue had its original mosaic floors and a clear central room with benches along the … Continue reading

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A King’s John? Another Biblical-Era Toilet Found in Jerusalem

Archaeologists announced the discovery of a 2,700 year-old toilet, complete with septic tank, in a large ancient building along the Haas Promenade, just south of Jerusalem. A couple of other toilets have been found in Jerusalem and Judah over the … Continue reading

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Join a Webinar on the Archaeology of David, Solomon, and Rehoboam

ASOR (the American Society for Overseas Research) is hosting a webinar this Sunday, Sept. 19, at 4:30pm (US Eastern Time) on “David, Solomon, and Rehoboam’s Kingdom – the Archaeological Evidence.” In recent years, we have uncovered many things from the … Continue reading

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ca. 2,000 year-old Bible texts found by Dead Sea, First since Dead Sea Scrolls

Scholars just announced the discovery of ancient biblical manuscripts in a previously-excavated cave near the Dead Sea. They appear to be from a scroll of the Minor Prophets and include passages Zechariah and Nahum. The texts are written in Greek … Continue reading

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Finally, Fresh Fruit from Ancient Date Palms

Remember the 2,000 year-old date palm from Masada? The original tree, nicknamed Methuselah, is now a daddy thanks to patience, science, and a little bit of luck. In a happy, very un-2020 report, we have a harvest of new ancient … Continue reading

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Gov’t complex from time of Hezekiah, Manasseh discovered near US Embassy in Jerusalem

The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of a large building from the ancient Kingdom of Judah that has been dated to the time of kings Hezekiah and Manasseh (Heb. – Menashe). The Jerusalem Post article includes photos and … Continue reading

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Isaiah’s Personal Seal Found?

Archaeologists may have found Isaah’s “autograph” during excavations in Jerusalem. This clay impression (bulla) was uncovered a few years ago along with others, including one belonging to King Hezekiah.  It was finally announced this morning in a press release. Dr. … Continue reading

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New Video on Lachish Excavation

If you are interested in Archaeology and the Bible, and especially if you’re curious what it’s like to join a dig, a new video is available for your enjoyment. The video covers recent work at biblical Lachish and was created … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Discoveries: New stone courses for Western Wall, theater-type structure

The IAA has announced new discoveries from excavations under Wilson’s Arch, near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The press release includes interesting details and I encourage you to read it. Some excerpts and photos: “Eight stone courses of the Western Wall that had … Continue reading

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