The first official Israeli exhibit debuts today at the Louvre Museum in Paris – a 1,700-year-old mosaic discovered in Lod, Israel.
The impressive artwork was discovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority during an archaeological excavation in 1996 and fully excavated and removed in 2009. The well-preserved mosaic floor measures about 180 square meters and is composed of colorful stones that depict in exquisite detail mammals, birds, fish, flora and the sailing and merchant vessels that were used at that time.
Archaeologists believe this flooring was part of a villa belonging to a wealthy person in the Roman period.
The Lod mosaic, which has already been shown in five U.S. museums, will be on display from May 23 through August 19 in the Sphinx Courtyard of the Louvre’s Roman wing.
Israel Antiquities Authority director Shaka Dorfman says of the mosaic’s…
Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a well in the Jezreel Valley dating back to the Neolithic period, along with the mysterious skeletal remains of a woman, around 19 years old, and an an older male. Archaeologists are left questioning- could this possibly be an 8,500-year-old murder mystery?
How and why both came to be in the well, whether by accident or murder, “remains a mystery,” an IAA official said.
“What is clear is that after these unknown individuals fell into the well it was no longer used for the simple reason that the well water was contaminated and was no longer potable,” said Yotam Tepper, IAA excavation director.
“The impressive well that was revealed was connected to an ancient farming settlement and it seems the inhabitants used it for their subsistence and living. The upper part of the…
Nestled between a fast-food restaurant and a souvenir shop in Jerusalem’s Old City there is a small, underground museum called the “Burnt House.” In a space not much larger than a two-bedroom apartment lie the remains of a house which once belonged to a priestly family at the end of the Second Temple era. Although the house was burned down and its inhabitants killed by Roman soldiers, the layout of the structure remains intact, and you can actually make out where the kitchen, bedrooms, and dining area once stood.
Recently I ventured out to the “Burnt House.” It wasn’t my first visit to the site. When I was a child my parents took me there. The images of the museum’s multimedia presentation, which recounts the terrible day centuries ago when the family that dwelled in…
By Ami Farkas
A 150-year search for the famed Maccabean graves might be coming to an end as archaeologists are confident they have located the correct burial site of the Maccabees . In the second century, Yehuda (son of the High Priest Mattathias), along with his four brothers, led a revolt against the occupying Greek power that sought to eradicate the Jewish people’s faith and religious practices. Some believe the name Maccabee, which Yehuda chose for his small army, is an acronym for the Torah verse “Mi Chamocha Ba’elim Hashem” – there is none like You amongst the forces, oh God.
The search for the famed Maccabean graves commenced in Israel in 1866, as biblical archaeology gained prominence among European archaeologists and historians. In 1869, with the aide of local Arab villagers, European explorers announced they had found the location of the gravesite. The sign “Maccabean Graves”…
This weekend marks the beginning of a three-week mourning period, during which the Jewish people reflect on the destruction in biblical times of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Through fasting, repentance, and prayer, the people of Israel beseech God to rebuild the Holy Temple and thus return His divine presence to the Temple Mount.
In preparation for the “Three Weeks,” as it is called, I visited the Jerusalem Archeological Park, where I was able to see and touch actual rubble from the destruction of the Second Temple. I was fortunate to pray at the foot of what was once the southern Temple Mount entrance, where worshipers brought the sacrifices into the Holy Temple during the three major holidays of Passover, Pentecost, and Sukkot.
As I made my way into the park, I could…