Amazing Gold Treasure Found Near Temple Mount



In summer excavations being carried out at the foot of the Temple Mount, Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar made a stunning discovery – two bundles of treasure containing thirty-six gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion. The medallion is inscribed with a menorah (Temple candelabrum) symbol, a shofar (ram’s horn) and a Torah scroll.
Dr. Mazar, who directs the archaeological excavation described the find as ” a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery,” Dr. Mazar said: “We have been making significant finds from the First Temple Period in this area, a much earlier time in Jerusalem’s history, so discovering a golden seven-branched menorah from the seventh century CE at the foot of the Temple Mount was a complete surprise.”

The discovery was unearthed just five days…

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Israeli Exhibit Opens at the Louvre

235K2  The Lod Mosaic. detail (5967) iaaThe 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…

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8,500 Year-Old Skeletons Discovered in Ancient Well

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?

Yotam Tepper/Israel Antiquities Authority


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…

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A Visit to the Burnt House

Ami Farkas:

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…

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The Search for the Maccabean Graves

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”…

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