The artifacts were discovered near Eilat on a stretch of the Muslim pilgrimage road leading from Cairo to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The team used pottery found with the gates to determine that they were both in use during the same time.
Magic mirrors were amulets used to protect against the Evil Eye.
Researchers believe the coin fell from the pocket of a rebel who escaped to the desert during the revolt – perhaps on his way to nearby Ein Gedi.
“It seems that the girl was buried with an expensive set of gold jewelry that included earrings, a chain with a lunula pendant (named after the goddess Luna), and a hairpin,” say the researchers.
Colorful cotton and silk fabrics recently uncovered by Israeli archaeologists in the Arava desert offer proof of unknown ancient trade routes connecting the Far East to Europe passing through the region, the University of Haifa and the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday. “Our findings seem to provide the first evidence that there was also an […]
Several ostrich eggs were uncovered in the Negev next to a prehistoric fire pit, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Thursday. “This is a very important find that—with the help of modern scientific methods—can teach us a lot about the nomadic people of the desert in ancient times,” said Lauren Davis, the IAA excavation director. Experts […]
A new discovery by Israeli archaeologists has offered unprecedented historical proof of the history of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which will begin on Sunday. Some 2,200 years ago, someone, likely some Jews fleeing from the war waged against them by Antiochos IV, found shelter in the Judean Desert. The fugitives were carrying a small […]
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, […]
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 […]