2,200 year old Greek “Hercules” sling bullet discovered in Yavne

A rare lead sling bullet was discovered during excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in Yavne, the IAA announced Thursday. The artifact might have belonged to a Greek soldier, bearing a magic inscription intended to instill fear in the enemy. The sling bullet, estimated to be 2,200 years old, was inscribed with the Greek […]

Ancient Roman Road discover in Galilee

A group of archaeologists uncovered a section of a 1,800-year-old Roman road in Northern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced Thursday. Archaeologists estimate that construction was begun during the reign of Roman Emperor Hadrian (76 CE-138 CE) but was completed by his successors. The road was renovated in the Byzantine era.  In a statement, […]

3,000-year-old Canaanite scarab found by Israeli schoolchildren

The scarab, showing a seated figure on the right and a standing figure with a raised arm on the left, possibly symbolizing the imparting of authority. Photo: Gilad Stern, Israel Antiquities Authority.

A 3,000-year-old scarab was found by some eighth graders on a school trip in Azor, just a few miles south of Tel Aviv, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday. Amulets in the shape of a dung beetle, scarabs were common among Egyptians, who considered their typical behavior of rolling balls as big as twice their […]

Three antiquity looters caught in the Negev while searching for ‘hidden treasure’

Three antiquity looters were caught by the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Theft Prevention Unit as they were digging in an archaeological site near the Bedouin city of Rahat in the Negev, the IAA announced on Thursday. The looters targeted the archaeological site of Horvat Maaravim, which presents remains from the Roman, Byzantine, Early Islamic, and Ottoman […]

Earliest evidence of humans cooking with fire unearthed in Israel

An international study led by researchers from several leading Israeli universities uncovered the earliest known evidence of controlled use of fire for the purpose of cooking. By analyzing remains found at the Gesher Benot Ya’aqov (GBY) archaeological site in Israel, the researchers were able to ascertain that some fish were cooked around 780,000 years ago, […]

Canaanite inscription lamenting a plague of lice unearthed in biblical Lachish

In the ancient world, lice were ubiquitous and excruciating enough to be chosen by God as one of the Ten Plagues sent against the Egyptians ahead of the Exodus, as described in the Torah. A new discovery by a team of Israeli archaeologists and researchers has shed light not only on the experience of dealing […]