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Ancient Atlit is located about 20 kilometers south of Haifa, beneath and around modern Atlit. Part of the site is submerged underwater. The site revealed a prehistoric village from the Neolithic period (late 7th millennium BCE). In the 1st millennium BCE, a Phoenician settlement existed there, continuing until the Hellenistic period. The Crusaders built a fortress called "Castellum Peregrinorum" on the sea spit at Atlit (now within a restricted military area) to protect pilgrims. Subsequently, the Crusaders also settled outside the fortress, mainly on the remains of the Phoenician settlement.

Significant findings at the site include a port and a gate with two towers attributed to the Iron Age, and the remains of a prehistoric settlement discovered about 400 meters offshore. Among the notable archaeological discoveries is evidence of one of the world's earliest cases of tuberculosis, found through the analysis of bones.

Identification and Research History at Atlit

Atlit was identified with Kartah of the Tribe of Zebulon (Joshua 21:34), because during the Roman period, it was part of a territory called Certah. The name probably derives from the Phoenician word for city: "Karta"). Scholars believe the later name "Atlit" is derived from Queen Athaliah of Judah. The discovery of a partial inscription with the letters 'Ayin' and 'Tet' in Phoenician script supports this theory. 2 km. away from Atlit is the site of ruin of Kertah, also known as Khirbet Dustrey, where there are mostly Phoenician remains. The site may correspond to a Phoenician port known as Sarfata or Ader.

Plan of the northern harbour. (Source: The Archaeological Survey of Israel)

Over the years, Atlit has been the site of numerous surveys and archaeological excavations. The first excavation took place between 1932-1936 and 1938, led by British archaeologist Cedric Norman Johns, head of the Mandatory Department of Antiquities. This excavation focused on the Phoenician settlement. The harbor was discovered in the 1960s by the Israel Exploration Society. In the 1970s, the harbor was surveyed by the Center for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa, led by Professor Avner Raban and Dr. Linder. Subsequently, Dr. Haggai Erlich dated the harbor using carbon-14 analysis. In 2002-2003, the harbor site was excavated by Professor Raban and Dr. Erlich.

Sunken Neolithic village (7th millennium BC)

The remains of the village were discovered approximately 400 meters offshore from Atlit, at a depth of 8-12 meters. The findings date back to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (7th millennium BCE). The village likely stood on the southern bank of the Oren River.

Underwater excavations yielded numerous artifacts, including the remains of buildings and one of the world's oldest water wells. The villagers engaged in fishing, cattle and sheep herding, and wheat cultivation. A unique structure consisting of several large kurkar stones with cup marks arranged in a circle suggests ritual activity at the site. Additional findings include bone tools, basalt grinding bowls, numerous flint tools for processing hides and meat, and arrowheads for hunting.

Near the village houses, individual graves containing about 15 skeletons were discovered. A study by Professor Israel Hershkovitz of the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine identified one of the skeletons as one of the earliest known cases of tuberculosis in the world.

In 1985, a maritime survey near Atlit led by archaeologist Ehud Galili revealed a prehistoric settlement. Several excavation seasons were conducted at the Neolithic village of Atlit in 1986, 1989, 1990, and 1993 by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the University of Haifa under Galili's direction.

Atlit-Yam, Ritual structure made of stones, artist's reconstruction
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The Phoenician Settlement at Atlit (1st millennium BC)

The Phoenician settlement at Atlit was relatively small and included a port, south of the main Phoenician port at Dor. It was built over earlier remains from the Middle and Late Bronze periods (2nd millennium BC). Excavations uncovered a gate with two towers and a cemetery that featured a jar burial for a child. Evidence of burial practices typical of the Phoenician world includes cremations from the 8th century BCE and earth burials from the 6th century BC. This settlement persisted until the Persian and Hellenistic periods (6th-1st centuries BC).

The port was constructed around a natural bay sheltered from the winds and included a 38-meter-long pier. The construction technique of the port is recognized as Phoenician, with similar methods found at several 11th-century BCE sites in Lebanon. This technique involved wash basins and collection pools designed to prevent sediment from accumulating at the bottom of the port. Stones and pebbles brought from northern Syria and Cyprus indicate the Phoenicians at Atlit had trade connections across the Mediterranean basin. Researchers suggest the port was built in response to the increased demand for metal imports by the Kingdom of Israel in exchange for agricultural products.

The letters 𐤏𐤕 (Et) carved in the rock
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Crusader Period at Atlit

This period is the most prominent and extensive in the history of ancient Atlit. A Crusader settlement was established, and on the peninsula stood a fortress named "Castellum Peregrinorum" (Pilgrims' Castle), known in French as "Château Pèlerin." The Crusader presence began in 1103 CE. In the area formerly known as "Khirbet Dustrey" (mentioned in the 4th century CE), a small fortress called "Le Destroit" was built to protect pilgrims en route to Jerusalem. Near the fortress lies an ancient kurkar quarry, where the letters 'A' and 'T' were found carved in ancient Phoenician script, possibly marking the boundaries of the settlement of Atlit.

The small fortress stood for about a hundred years until the broader Crusader settlement at Atlit, during which a large castle was constructed on the peninsula. Historian Oliver of Paderborn noted that a cache of Phoenician coins was likely discovered during construction, which helped finance part of the castle's building costs.

The fortress withstood a massive Muslim attack in 1220, prompting the Crusaders to settle around it. Excavations revealed a church, residential buildings, stables, and granaries. By 1265, the Mamluk ruler Baybars destroyed much of the fortress, but most residents remained. The castle was abandoned in 1291. The upper layer of Jones' excavations at Atlit uncovered pottery and coins associated with the Templar presence from 1217 to 1295 CE. Under the Ottoman Empire, a significant portion of the fortress was dismantled for secondary construction purposes.

1850s sketch showing the town within the fortifications.
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Arad, H. 2013. Phoenician Atlit and Its Newly-Excavated Harbour: a Reassessment. Tel Aviv Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University. Pp. 43-60.

Arad, H. 2010. Report on Underwater Excavation at the Phoenician Harbour, Atlit, Israel. The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 39.2: Pp. 278–285.

Arad H. and Artzy M. 2007. The Harbor of Atlit in Northern Canaanite/Phoenician Context. Near Eastern Archaeology , Vol. 70, No. 2, pp. 75-84.

C.N.Johns, Atlit. In  Stern, E. (ED). 1993.. Encyclopedia of Archeological Excavations in the Holy Land. Vol 1. Pp 112-118 The Israel Exploration Society. Carta. Jerusalem. 

Raban, A. and Linder, E. MARITIME 'ATLIT . In  Stern, E. (ED). 1993.. Encyclopedia of Archeological Excavations in the Holy Land. Vol 1. Pp 118-120. The Israel Exploration Society. Carta. Jerusalem. 

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Tell Jenin
Tell Jenin

Tell Jenin, also known as 'Tel at-Tel,' 'Tel an-Nawar' (Gypsies' Mound), and 'Majna' (Cemetery), is an archaeological site located in the heart of the city of Jenin, at the northern end of Samaria. The mound was first identified by Philip Guy, head of the Mandatory Antiquities Department, in 1926. In the nearly 100 years since then, most of the mound has been gradually destroyed due to local construction, and only a small portion remains studied. The estimated original size of the mound was about 30 dunams. Many scholars have proposed identifying Jenin with the biblical Levite city of Ein Ganim (Joshua 19:21; 21:29), although some believe Ein Ganim should be identified with Khirbat Beit Jan near modern Yavniel. However, most agree that Jenin should be identified with Beit HaGan, through which King Ahaziah of Judah passed during his escape from Jehu ben Namshi (2 Kings 9:27).

Research history

The site was first surveyed by Yosef Porat in 1968 as part of the emergency survey conducted in Judea, Samaria, and the Golan following the Six-Day War. A year later, the site was surveyed again by Nehemia Tsori. In subsequent years, several limited rescue excavations were conducted at the site on behalf of the archaeology department.

From 1977 to 1983, the edge of the mound was excavated by a delegation from Birzeit University led by the American archaeologist Albert Glock. Glock was murdered by an unknown assailant in 1992, before he could publish the full excavation report. Some of his students published individual studies on the excavation in the following years, but a final report has yet to be published.

In 2003 or 2004, an ancient tomb was excavated near the mound by the Palestinian Antiquities Authority, and there was likely a spot excavation at the mound itself during this period. In 2016 and 2017, Meir Rotter from Bar-Ilan University conducted two assessments of the site's condition.

The site from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age

Tell Jenin was first occupied in a limited manner during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (7500-6000 BC), likely serving as an agricultural site engaged in early forms of international trade. There was probable activity during the Chalcolithic period (4500-3700 BC). In the Early Bronze Age 1 (around 3700 BC), the mound was artificially raised to prevent flooding. During this era, the site experienced periods of abandonment and resettlement until it was deserted around 3300 BC. While clear evidence of settlement from the Intermediate Bronze Age onwards is lacking, the site might have been fortified during the Middle Bronze Age, with potsherds from these periods suggesting some level of activity.

Some researchers propose that Jenin is 'Kina,' listed among the Canaanite cities conquered by Thutmose III of Egypt in the mid-15th century BC (Late Bronze Age period). Additionally, many scholars identify Tell Jenin with 'Gina,' mentioned in the Amarna letters (late 14th century BC) as the city where Labaya, the king of Shechem, was killed, leading to its attack by his sons, possibly linked to the Apiru. The site was certainly rebuilt in the 13th century BC, as evidenced by the discovery of a bronze axe, a gold earring, and a glass bottle from this period.

Iron Age and later

The site continued to exist at the beginning of Iron Age 1 (12th century BC), with evidence suggesting that some inhabitants engaged in mollusc fishing. Trade relations during this period are indicated by the presence of Cypriot and Philistine vessels. Additional finds include houses, a bronze needle, a basalt grinding stone, and various Israelite tools, though the specific identity of the site's occupants remains unknown. By the end of the 12th century BC, the edge of the mound was abandoned and only resettled in the Byzantine period. The settlement at the top of the mound was likely renewed during Iron Age 2, though this area remains unexcavated. Artifacts from this period, as well as from the Persian, Hellenistic, and later periods, have been discovered.


י' פורת, סקר שומרון ב' [כת"י שלא פורסם, נמצא אצל המחבר], 1968.

נ' צורי, נחלת יששכר: סקר ארכיאולוגי של הגלבוע ומורדותיו, עמק יזרעאל והגליל התחתון המזרחי, ירושלים תשל"ז.

A. Glock, ‘Jenin’, in: Anchor Bible Dictionary, 3, pp. 678-680.

A. Glock, ‘News from the Field: Excavations in Jenin’, The Biblical Archaeologist 40 (1977), p. 99.

H. J. Salem, Early Bronze Age Settlement System and Village Life in the Jenin Region/Palestine: A Study of Tell Jenin Stratigraphy and Pottery Traditions (Ph.D. dissertation, Universiteit Leiden), 2006.

Netiv Ha-‘Asara
Netiv Ha-‘Asara


Netiv Ha-‘Asara is a site in Israel where a salvage excavation was conducted in Moshav Netiv Ha-‘Asara prior to construction work. The site is located on two adjacent kurkar hills to the west of Nahal Shiqma .



Settlement remains were uncovered that date from the Iron Age, Persian period, and Byzantine period. The site was abandoned in a violent event during the Persian period, but it was repopulated during the Byzantine period after centuries of being buried by dune sand .


Five excavation areas (A–F) were opened on the two hills, yielding significant findings. Area A revealed two settlement strata on the eastern slope of the southern hill. Area B, also on the southern hill's eastern slope, contained remains of a building with four rooms. Area C at the top of the southern hill revealed an Iron Age and a Persian period settlement, as well as Byzantine period tombs. Area D contained four vaulted tombs on the northern hill's eastern slope. Area F had a refuse pit that yielded Roman-period glass, along with remains from the Byzantine and Persian periods .



The excavation yielded pottery, glassware, stone tools, and metal objects from various periods. The pottery dates from the Iron Age II and III, Persian, and Byzantine periods. Glass finds were from the Roman and Byzantine periods, discovered in Area F and Area D respectively. Stone tools were generally used for household food preparation. Metal finds, primarily from the Persian period, included 11 arrowheads. Evidence of violent events during the Persian period was indicated by burnt layers, bronze arrowheads, and pottery left in situ .


Hadashot Arkheologiyot Excavations and Surveys in Israel Volume 135 Year 2023 Netiv Ha-‘Asara

Yael Abadi-Reiss

Netiv Ha-‘Asara
Es Suwweida
Es Suwweida

Es Suwweida is a rectangular fortress (70 x 70 m.) located in Chen Forest, in between Zikhron Ya'akov and Amikam, in Manasseh Heights. The fort is surrounded by a wall and lies on top of an hill rising 161 m. above sea level, overlooking its environment. From this hill flows the stream of Snonit, a tributary of Nahal Taninim which flows into the sea near Tel Mevorakh In each of the four corners of the fortress, there's a tower. Structures dated to the Iron Age have been identified as well.

The pottery sherds discovered at the site are dated to the Iron Age, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods.


"Es Suwweida" (Site 17) in Olami, Y, Sender, S and Oren, E. 2011. Map of Binyamina - 48 The Archeological Survey of Israel

Horvat Lavnin
Horvat Lavnin
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Hurvat Lavnin extend on a hill on the west bank of the Nahal Khaklil in Adolum Park and are surrounded by fertile valleys

It is sometimes identified with the city of Kaszib in Nahal Yehuda (Yohshua 15, Md.) which is mentioned together with Keila and Merasha, and is also mentioned in the inherited prophecy of Micah together with Mershet and Gat Mersha and Udom. Another possibility of identification is the well-known "white" in the Shefala (although the accepted identification is in Tel Burna).

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Horvat Lavnin
Tell Abu Zarad
Tell Abu Zarad

Location and Identification

The site of Tell Abu Zarad is a major mound in central Palestine at the border between Samaria and Judea, on the main north-south route (R60) connecting Tell Balata/ancient Shechem with Jerusalem/ancient Urushalimum, and Ras el-'Ain/ancient Aphek to the west with Beitin/ancient Bethel to the east.
The nearest pre-classical site to the south-east so far known is Khirbet Seilun/ancient Shiloh, which however seems partly later in terms of general occupation in respects of AZ.
AZ was already known from surveys in the 19th and 20th centuries and it was convincingly identified by Father F.-M. Abel o.p. with Biblical Tappuah (Josh. 12:17; 15:33; 16:8; 17:7-8)

Occupational outline of the site

Archaeological data concerning the site occupation in a chronological perspective were obtained by surface finds and survey, as well as by preliminary stratigraphic observations. There are, however, several historical sources which provide further information to be matched with archaeological evidence. They will be kept separated in the first stage of the project, as the site is untouched, and a fully unconstrained archaeological approach seems mostly required and appropriate.
Data provided by surface prospection and collection were mapped over the site topography to show the extension of human presence in different periods. The occupational range of AZ resulted from the Early Bronze Age to the Ottoman Period, i.e. from around 3000 BC to 1900 AD, with some somewhat significant gaps in the Intermediate Bronze Age, as well as in Middle Bronze I.
Basing upon surface finds, ground and underground investigations, a provisional draft of the site occupational history may be the following:

Period I – Early Bronze Age rural (unfortified) settlement (EB II-III, 3000-2500 BC)
Period II – Intermediate Bronze Age (tombs on the nearby hills) (EB IV, 2300-2000 BC)
Period III – Middle Bronze Age fortified city (MB II-III, 1750-1550 BC)
Period IV – Late Bronze Age town (LB I-III, 1550-1200 BC)
Period V – Iron Age settlement and city (IA I-II, 1200-586 BC)
Period VI – Hellenistic-Roman garrison (2nd century BC - 3rd century AD)/ar-Raja Burj
Period VII – Byzantine installation (4th - 7th century AD)
Period VIII – Islamic rural installation (Umayyad, Ayyubid, Mamluk, 7th - 16th century AD)
Period IX – Ottoman monument (17th - early 20th century AD)
Period X – 20th century (before Second World War).

Khirbet Jedur
Khirbet Jedur

Khirbet Jedor, located near the village of Beit Omer in the Judean Mountains, and north of Halhol and Beit Tzur, which are mentioned together with the city in the biblical description

Khirbet Rabud
Khirbet Rabud

Khirbat Rabud is an ancient mound located on the bed of the Hebron stream, about 8 km northwest of the Palestinian village of Samua and about 3 km west of Etniel in the south of Mount Hebron. As mentioned, the mound is identified by the researchers with the biblical city of Dvir.

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Location and Identification

Qumran is located on the western shore of the Dead Sea, identifiable with 'Ir (City of Salt)

mentioned in the Bible (Joshua 15:61-62).


Iron age

Early Settlement: The earliest settlement dates back to the Israelite period, with structures from the 8th to the early 6th century BCE, destroyed during the fall of the Kingdom of Judah.

Hellenistic to Roman Period

Resettlement: After centuries of abandonment, Qumran was resettled, reusing the remnants of Israelite buildings. The community flourished during the Hellenistic period, particularly under John Hyrcanus and Alexander Jannaeus, with significant expansions and the construction of communal buildings.

Destruction and Reoccupation: The site was struck by an earthquake and a fire around 31 BCE, leading to a temporary abandonment. It was reoccupied shortly after, continuing its communal lifestyle until its destruction in 68 CE during the Jewish Revolt against Rome.


  • The first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by Bedouin shepherds in 1947 in Cave 1, near the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea.
  • In 1949, the site of the cave was excavated by a joint expedition from the Jordan Department of Antiquities, the Palestine Archaeological Museum (now the Rockefeller Museum), and the Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Française.
  • Khirbet Qumran, located about 1 km south of the cave and slightly farther west of the Dead Sea, was excavated under the same auspices in five successive campaigns from 1951 to 1956. The last campaign also surveyed the region between Qumran and 'Ein Feshkha, about 3 km to the south, where a building complex was excavated in 1958.


  • Community Life: Excavations revealed a complex of buildings, including a large dining hall/refectory, pottery workshop, scriptorium, and elaborate water systems suggesting ritual purification practices. An extensive cemetery with over 1,100 graves indicates a significant, organized community.
  • Scrolls and Manuscripts: The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls near Qumran in caves has been pivotal. These manuscripts provide insights into the community's beliefs, practices, and the sectarian life that distinguished them from mainstream Judaism.
  • Connection with the Essenes: Most scholars link the Qumran community with the Essenes, a conclusion supported by the archaeological evidence and the descriptions by Pliny the Elder of the Essenes living in isolation near the Dead Sea.


Stern, Ephraim-New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land 4-Israel Exploration Society (1993)

Biblical hiking map

Tel Nissa
Tel Nissa
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Tel Nisha, also called Tel Neshem and in Arabic Tel al-Manshiya, is a prominent, medium-sized hill, east of Highway 200 - from the direction of Ein Hanziv towards Kibbutz Neve-Eitan. The mound was documented by the British Mandate and surveyed by Nehemiah Tzuri. The mound was not excavated.

The mound is part of dozens of mounds from biblical times that are in the Beit Shean Valley, the most important of which are Beit Shean and Tel Rehov. Prof. Mazar defines all the cities around Tel Rehov from the royal period as "daughters of Rehov". Tel Nisha was ruled during the monarchy by Tel Rehov and indeed its ceramics are the same as Rehov in the 9th - 10th centuries BC.

The height of the mound is about 10-15 meters and its size is about 5 dunams. To the southwest of the hill spring springs, which form Nahal Eitan and Adi al-Manashia, which descends to the Jordan from the east. The spurs basically crown half of the mound, which makes it impassable from these directions. Pottery from the Early Bronze I, Late Bronze, and Iron I-II periods were discovered in the mound. And it seems that it was some kind of administrative building. N. Tzuri writes: on the eastern and southern slopes of the hill, stone and brick walls are exposed, while in the extreme southern corner a brick structure is exposed, like a tower (Nehemiah Tzuri 1962).

It is possible to notice the remains of mud walls in the western upper part of the mound, apparently the remains of the city walls from the middle of the ninth century that were destroyed by King Hazal of Aram-Damascus. It is impossible to prove this because there are other Iron Age ruins in the Beit Shean Valley, but the assumption is reasonable in light of the nearby Tel Rehov excavations. It is possible that in the future the mud bricks will be taken for a magnetic test that will determine if it is a Hazal ruin, a placer discovery or a Shishak.

Candles, a pitcher with a strainer, ceramics painted in wild green, cooking pot handles, two alabaster vessels, two bowls, a zoomorphic vessel, limestone egg-shaped loom weights and a local alabaster and a bronze arrow were found in the mound. The mound is very well preserved, and from it there is an impressive view of the entire Beit Shean valley and towards the Jordan. The site appears in the archive file of the Mandatory Antiquities Authority, and it is noted that the upper part of the mound is cultivated (1932). Below is part of what was written on the mound:

An archaeological survey from 1932 reported: a fairly large mound that appears to have pottery in it from the 3rd millennium BC. The upper part of the mound is cultivated. There is a small spring of water that originates and surrounds the site from the southwest and from there continues to flow eastward and essentially creates a natural fortification / moat with Water in part of the mound. It is possible that there are graves on the sides of the mound in the southwest direction. The surveyor Ras added: "Three large and rough stones that were built as part of a wall were exposed by the influence of the heavy rain on the eastern corner of the upper end. Russ probably meant an Iron Age II mudbrick wall at this location.
This is probably the outer wall of the old upper settlement. The reviewers concluded: "recommended excavation".

Currently an excavation is been don by Yoav Vaknin

Tel Nissa
Mysterious 2,800-year-old Channels in Jerusalem
Mysterious 2,800-year-old Channels in Jerusalem
The connection between the kingdom of Sheba and Israel
The connection between the kingdom of Sheba and Israel
Interregional trade at Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus
Interregional trade at Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus
The reason that precipitated the collapse of the Hittite Empire
The reason that precipitated the collapse of the Hittite Empire
Tablets in the Amorite language
Tablets in the Amorite language

לוחות שנמצאו בעיראק מספקים הצצה לשפה האמורית, שממנה התפתחה העברית

The Siouan pool will open to the public
The Siouan pool will open to the public

בריכת השילוח העתיקה תיחשף במלואה מחדש

A rare treasure from the Maccabean period
A rare treasure from the Maccabean period

במדבר יהודה נחשפה עדות למרד המקבים ביוונים

A projectile from 2,200 years ago
A projectile from 2,200 years ago

קליע עופרת נדיר, הנושא כתובת מאגית ביוונית, התגלה ביבנה

The earliest sentence written in the alphabet has been discovered
The earliest sentence written in the alphabet has been discovered

המשפט התגלה על מסרק עשוי שנהב בחפירות בעיר הכנענית לכיש.

Dating using magnetic fields
Dating using magnetic fields

שיטה מהפכנית לתארוך אתרים ארכיאולוגיים בעזרת מדידה של הכיוון והעוצמה של השדה המגנטי של כדור הארץ כפי שאלה "הוקלטו" בזמן שריפת האתרים

National parks
National parks
Balaam / Deir Alla Inscription
Balaam / Deir Alla Inscription
The Broad Wall of Jerusalem
The Broad Wall of Jerusalem
Ekron Inscription
Ekron Inscription
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כתובת עקרון התגלתה בחפירות עקרון ב1996, בשרידיו של מקדש המתוארך לרבע הראשון של המאה ה-7 לפנה"ס, מהתקופה בה עקרון היתה ממלכת חסות של האימפריה האשורית. הכתובת, אשר התגלתה על רצפת האזור הטקסי במקדש, חרוטה על אבן גיר שמידותיה38 x 61  ס"מ ומשקלה הוא 105 ק"ג. השפה של הכתובת היא בניב פלשתי של הכתב הפיניקי.

הכתובת נחשבת לאחד הממצאים החשובים ביותר בעקרון. זהו הטקסט הראשון שזוהה כ"פלשתי" שזוהה במחקר. במהלך השנים היו חילוקי דעות במחקר הארכיאולוגי לגבי מיקומה של עקרון הפלישתית, היו שזיהו את עקרון בתל קטרה שליד גדרה או עם תל בטש, חוקר המקרא האמריקאי אדוארד רובינסון זיהה את עקרון ליד הכפר הערבי עאקיר (ועל כן המושבה מזכרת בתיה, נקראה בימי המוקדמים "עקרון"). במאה ה-19, חוקר ארץ ישראל יהוסף שוורץ טען שעקרון וקיסריה הן אותה עיר. כשהתחילה בשנות ה-80 החפירה בתל מקנה, חופרי האתר הציעו לזהותה עם עקרון. זיהוי זה נשאר שינוי במחלוקת עד למציאת הכתובת, המזכירה את "שר עקרון" ובכך נחתם הדיון המחקרי ונקבע כי תל מקנה היא אכן עקרון מהמקורות המקראיים והאשוריים.

תעתיק הכתובת. מקור: ויקיפדיה

הכתובת מזכירה חמישה משושלת מלכי עקרון לפי הסדר: אכיש, פדי, יסד, אדא ויער. המלכים אכיש ופדי מוזכרים כמלכי עקרון גם בכתובות מלכותיות אשוריות, כאשר פדי מוזכר במנסרת סנחריב המתארת את מסעו הצבאי לדיכוי המרד בארץ ב701 לפנה"ס. השם "אכיש" מופיע בספר שמואל א' כשמו של מלך גת. זוהי הפעם היחידה שבה מופיע שם של מלך פלשתי במקרא.

יש עניין רב בשמות המלכים לדיון במוצא הפלשתים. השמות פדי, יסד, אדא ויער הם שמות שמיים, אך השם אכיש הוא בעל בסיס לשוני יווני עתיק. טענה זו מהווה חיזוק לתיאוריה במחקר, על פיה מוצא הפלשתים הוא מכרתים או בערים היווניות באזור הים האגאי.

קשר אפשרי נוסף הוצע בעקבות שם האלה שלכבודה הוקדשה הכתובת וכנראה גם המקדש. הכתובת מוקדשת לאלה בשם "פתגיה אדוניתו", אלה פלשתית שלא היתה מוכרת למחקר הארכיאולוגי וההיסטורי עד לגילוי הכתובת. ישנן תאוריות רבות לגבי מקורה התרבותי של פתגיה, ויש המציעים כי מקורה בתרבות יוון. הסבר אחד הוא הדמיון בין "פתגיה" ל"גאיה", ויש חוקרים אשר הציעו לקרוא את שם האלה כ"פתניה", וכך לזהות את שמה עם שם תואר מוכר למספר אלוהויות מינואיות ומיקניות קדומות.

Siluam Inscription
Siluam Inscription

תיאור השלמת נקבת השילוח שנכתב על ידי החופרים

Gezer Calander
Gezer Calander

לוח שנה וטבלות של אותיות אלפבית, כולם בכתב עברי קדום . כתובות אלו נחשבות לכתובות העתיקות ביותר של הכתב העברי הקדום

Lachish relief
Lachish relief

סיפור כיבוש לכיש כפי שמתואר על ידי האשורים (סנחריב)

Marnpetah Stele
Marnpetah Stele

אסטלת ניצחון מצרית של פרעה מרנפתח, בנו של רעמסס השני, בשובו מאחד ממסעות הכיבוש שלו ובו מוזכר לראשונה השם ״ישראל״

Tel Dan Inscription
Tel Dan Inscription

כתובת תל דן היא כתובת ניצחון כתובה בארמית, שבה מתפאר אחד ממלכי ארם בעקבות ניצחון על ממלכת ישראל

בכתובת ישנו אזכור חוץ מקראי ראשון ל״בית דוד״

Mesha Stele
Mesha Stele

The Mesha Stele is notable for being one of the most significant and extensive ancient inscriptions in the Hebrew language. The text on the stele describes the military victories and accomplishments of King Mesha of Moab, who was a ruler in the region during the 9th century BCE.

Where is ancient Jerusalem?
Where is ancient Jerusalem?

ויכוח על ראשית ימיה של ירושלים ועל השאלה מי ומתי הפך אותה לעיר מבוצרת?

"Jerubba'al" inscription
"Jerubba'al" inscription
Mt. Ebal plate
Mt. Ebal plate

לוחית העופרת המקופלת בהר עיבל היא ממצא ארכאולוגי של לוחית עופרת קטנה, ונטען לגביה כי היא מתקופת הברונזה המאוחרת, וכי כתובה עליה הכתובת העברית הקדומה ביותר שהתגלתה אי פעם

The Origins of the Philistines
The Origins of the Philistines
Was there a united monarchy?
Was there a united monarchy?

האם ישראל ויהודה היו אי פעם מאוחדות?

When did Edom emerge?
When did Edom emerge?
Late Bronze Age collapse
Late Bronze Age collapse
Hurvat Qiafa Ostracon
Hurvat Qiafa Ostracon
Ashbaal ben Bada' inscription
Ashbaal ben Bada' inscription
The location of Ciklag?
The location of Ciklag?

הצגת כל האפשרויות למיקומה של ציקלג המקראית

Israel Finkelstein
Israel Finkelstein
Yosef Garfinkel
Yosef Garfinkel
Amihai Mazar
Amihai Mazar
Oded Lipschits
Oded Lipschits
Aren Maeir
Aren Maeir
Yuval Gadot
Yuval Gadot
Ayelet Gilboa
Ayelet Gilboa
Alexander Fantalkin
Alexander Fantalkin
Saar Ganor
Saar Ganor
Erez Ben-Yosef
Erez Ben-Yosef
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    Dr. Daniel Vainstub of the Hebrew Un
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  • Gale Lecture: "New Light on the Archaeology of Jerusalem in the 7th Century BCE" Dr. Oded Lipschits

    n 701 BCE, the Assyrian King Sennacherib led a destructive military campaign against the Kingdom of Judah. Jerusalem, its capital, was not destroyed. For this reason, the archaeology of Jerusalem and its surroundings has no "chronological anchor" that can distinguish between the days of Ahaz and Hezekiah (late 8th century BCE) and the days of King Manasseh (first half of the 7th century BCE). New excavations, new finds, and new tools recently developed in archaeological research now make it possible to illuminate the "archeology of the days of Manasseh" and learn about the history of Jerusalem during this long and important period of Judah's subjugation to Assyrian imperial rule.
  • Bringing Azekah’s Walls into the Light

    Bruno Barros, 2022 G.E. Wright/Shirlee Meyers Fellowship Recipient

  • Investigating the mystery of the ancient temple in Tel Moza

    Finds from Tel Moza near Jerusalem point to a temple from the first temple period which resembles Solomon's temple as it is narrated in the bible. In Hebrew.
  • Digging In: Tel Shimron. - Tales from an untouched archaeological gold mine

    Tel Shimron is one of the largest sites in one of the most important and fertile regions for biblical archaeology—the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel. With a history that stretches from the late Neolithic period (c. 5500 B.C.E.) up to the modern day, the city of Shimron was extremely influential
  • The Khirbet Qeiyafa Ostracon

    A New Collation Based on the Multispectral Images, with Translation and Commentary
  • Let there be God: How Yahweh became “God Almighty”

    In the Canaan religion, Yahweh was a lesser god, who was assigned the land of Israel. Here's how he became "God Almighty."
  • "And Rehoboam built ... Lachish"

    On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal goes to Tel Lachish to talk with excavation director Prof. Yosef Garfinkel about his team’s discoveries at the site from the time of Rehoboam, as well as preview his new excavations set to begin on June 26, 2022.

  • Battle of Qarqar

    The Battle of Qarqar was fought in 853 BC when the army of the Neo-Assyrian Empire led by Emperor Shalmaneser III encountered an allied army of eleven kings at Qarqar led by Hadadezer who is possibly identified with King Benhadad II of Aram-Damascus; and Ahab, king of Israel.

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  • Prof. Aren M. Maeir - Whatever happened to the Philistines?!

    Our guest, Aren Maeir is an American-born Israeli archaeologist and professor at Bar Ilan University. He is director of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project.
  • 1177 B.C. - The Collapse of the Bronze Age civilizations - Eric H. Cline

    In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance,
  • Was John the Baptist buried here? A visit to the ancient Byzantine church of Sebastia, Samaria

  • Tel Rehov and the Phoenicians: The Movie Demo Reel

    Tel Rehov and the Phoenicians: The Movie Demo Reel with Archaeologists Amihai Mazar and Nava Panitz-Cohen with rare footage of pottery vessels from the Hebrew University Tel Rehov pottery archive and pottery room.

    The Phoenicians were once considered a lost civilization even though their influence
  • Biblical City of Ziklag Where Philistines Gave Refuge to future King David Found, Researchers Claim

    Information about Tel al-Rai, identified as Ziklag itself will be provided after this announcement.

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  • First evidence in the Judean Desert for the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Kingdom

    First evidence in the Judean Desert for the Maccabean Revolt against the Greek Seleucid Kingdom
    A rare wooden box containing a small hoard of 15 silver coins dating to the reign of Antiochos IV was discovered in an excavation in the Darageh Stream Nature Reserve, overlooking the Dead Sea

    *A refugee
  • Excavating Biblical Ziklag/Khirbet el-Rai | Lecture

    Dr. Yosef Garfinkel presented “Excavating Biblical Ziklag/Khirbetel-Rai” as part of the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum Lecture Series at Southern Adventist University on November 7, 2022.

    Professor Yosef Grafinkel is Israel’s leading archaeologist and head of the Institute of Archaeology at the
  • ‘David at Shaaraim and Ziklag’: Prof. Yosef Garfinkel Speaks at Armstrong Auditorium

    Hebrew University biblical archaeology professor Yosef Garfinkel visited the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus and Armstrong Institute of Biblical Archaeology headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma, from November 9 through 11 while on a tour of the United States. He delivered a lecture to around 200 Arm
  • Gale Lecture: "New Light on the Archaeology of Jerusalem in the 7th Century BCE" Dr. Oded Lipschits

    In 701 BCE, the Assyrian King Sennacherib led a destructive military campaign against the Kingdom of Judah. Jerusalem, its capital, was not destroyed. For this reason, the archaeology of Jerusalem and its surroundings has no "chronological anchor" that can distinguish between the days of Ahaz and He
  • King Hezekiah’s Monumental Jerusalem Inscription

    And a new tool in biblical archaeology: archaeomagnetism




  • The Mesha Stele: Artifact Deep Dive

    The Mesha Stele is an incredibly artifact which was found at the site of Dibon in modern Jordan. It is the longest narrative historical text found in the Iron Age Levant to date. It has a fascinating story of discovery and offers important insights into ancient Moab, it's king Mesha, Moabite theolog
  • New excavations at Ashkelon, "southern gateway" to the Holy Land

    The city of Ashkelon lies in southern Israel, overlooking the sea, a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip. It has always been a crucial junction on the route to and from Egypt, a strip of land where peoples and cultures have alternated.

    “Tel Ashkelon is considered to
  • The Moabite Stone | (Mesha Stele)

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  • Digging In: Tel Azekah - Unearthing a remarkable biblical site

    Located along a strategic roadway in the Elah Valley, between the coastal plain and the highlands, Azekah was an important settlement for thousands of years and the location of many conflicts recorded in both the Bible and historical sources.

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  • 3300 Y.O. traces of hallucinogen discovered in the Levant


    Traces of opium discovered in a 3300-y.o tomb in Israel! What was it used for, and what does it say about the history of drug use in the Levant?

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  • A Rare and Prestigious Collection of Decorated Ivories from the First Temple Period Found

    An extraordinary discovery was unearthed in Jerusalem: an assemblage of ivory plaques from the First Temple period, among the few found anywhere in the world, and the first of their kind to be found in Jerusalem. They came to light in the excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv
  • Legend of the Amorites - ROBERT SEPEHR

    The Amorites were an ancient people from the Levant who also occupied large parts of southern Mesopotamia from the 21st century BC to the end of the 17th century BC, where they established several prominent city-states in existing locations, most notably Babylon, which was raised from a small town t
  • Jericho Unearthed: The Archaeology of Jericho Explained

    The experts agree--the city walls of Jericho fell down. But does archaeology agree with the Biblical account of Joshua and Jericho? Watch this video as Joel interviews key archaeologists and explains the archaeology of Jericho.

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  • The Rise and Fall of the Hittites in Ancient Anatolia

    The Hittites were an Indo-European culture that occupied the region of Ancient Anatolia, also known as Asia Minor and today is the region of Turkey. The Hittites expanded their territories from their capital at Hattusa, and ended up consolidating the Hittite Empire which both rivalled and threatene
  • Israele: scoperti resti riconducibili agli Shardana

    Sembra incredibile ma le prove archeologiche sembrano oramai dimostrarlo ogni ragionevole dubbio. Prima di addentrarci in questa nuova e affascinante scoperta facciamo però una breve digressione per capire chi siano stati i Popoli del Mare e gli Shardana.
    La rivelazione e la conferma sono arrivate r
  • A visit to the oldest city in the world - the story of ancient Jericho (Tel Jericho /Tell es-Sultan)

    Information about ancient Jericho (Tell Jericho / Tell es-Sultan) itself will be provided after this announcement.

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  • Why Israel’s Silver Scrolls Are a Bible Archaeology BREAKTHROUGH | Watchman Newscast

    On today's Watchman Newscast, host Erick Stakelbeck and top Israeli archaeologist and tour guide Danny "The Digger" Herman explore Ketef Hinnom in Jerusalem, the site of one of Israel’s most important archaeological discoveries, the SILVER SCROLLS. This stunning artifact bears the oldest surviving B
  • Modern Archaeology in Ancient Jerusalem: A Tour with TAU Prof. Oded Lipschits

    See what happens when modern physics and archaeology meet and the limitless possibilities this interdisciplinary collaboration offers humanity.
  • The life-saving lesson of Bet Shemesh

    When the Ark of the Covenant arrived unexpectedly in Bet Shemesh, the people of that town made a tragic mistake. The message from the ruins of this biblical site still rings true today.
  • The house of the Egyptian governor - Tel Afek

  • Archaeological excavations in Old Jaffa - Jaffa

  • Merneptah Stele, Cairo Museum: Egyptologist & OT scholar James Hoffmeier; Proof of Israel in Canaan

    The Merneptah Stele (Cairo 34025) found in the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Cairo, Egypt, is commented upon by leading Egyptologist, Biblical and Old Testament scholar, and evangelical Christian Dr. James Hoffmeier. Early Israel’s presence in the land of Canaan is validated by this stela. Pharaoh
  • Ekron Royal Dedicatory Inscription - Biblical Epigraphy (7th Century BCE)

    Discovered in 1996 at Tel Miqne (Biblical Ekron, one of the Philistine Pentapolis), inside the inner shrine of an Iron Age II (7th Century BCE) temple, which was destroyed by Babylonian King Nebuhadnezar II in 604 BCE).
    This monumental inscription serves as ch
  • LOVELY ISRAEL - Relaxing Walk in the beautiful Ashdod Yam Fort on the Mediterranean coast of ASHDOD

    Ashdod-Yam ("Ashdod on the Sea" in Hebrew) is an archaeological site on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. It is located in the southern part of the modern city of Ashdod. Ashdod on the Sea and Ashdod were for most of their history two separate entities, connected though by close ties with each othe
  • Boaz Gross Explains the Tel Bet Shemesh East Salvage Excavation in Israel | Bible & Archaeology

    Dr. Robert Cargill, Editor of Bible & Archaeology, interviews Boaz Gross, the Director of the Tel Bet Shemesh East Salvage Excavation in Israel, and the Vice President of the Israeli Institute of Archaeology. They discuss the archaeological dig at Tel Bet Shemesh, the wonderful discoveries made ther
  • Sebastia (Samaria) - A visit to the capital of the Kingdom of Israel (Omri, Ahab, Jezebel, Elijah)

    Information about Sebastia (Samaria) itself will be provided after this announcement.

    Unfortunately, I have not been able to work as a tour guide as from Feb 2020
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  • Tel Dan Inscription: How important is it? (Biblical Archaeology)

    The Tel Dan discovery: What is it and How it impacted the debate about the Historicity of the Bible?

    The House of David Inscription, sometimes known as the Tel Dan inscription was uncovered at Tel Dan, an ancient city in northern Israel. In the Bible, the city was best known as Dan.

    The writer of
  • The Kurkh Stele of Shalmaneser III and Evidence for King Ahab of Israel and Benhadad of Syria

    This 2 metre tall limestone stele created by king Shalmaneser III of Assyria which (amongst other things) commemorates the battle of Qarqar in 583 BC helps to provide historical evidence for the powerful and wealthy biblical kings Ahab of Israel and Benhadad of Syria. Watch now to find out how…

  • The ancient secrets revealed by deciphered tablets | BBC Ideas

    Cuneiform is the earliest known form of writing. For thousands of years, no one was able to translate it. When it was finally cracked, it gave us some astonishing insights into the ancient world...

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  • In the News: Timna's Archeological Find

    A recent discovery at Israel's Timna Park sheds new light on the Bible, and may change the face of Archeology. Erez Ben-Yosef, Prof. of Archeology at Tel Aviv U & Head of the Timna Archeological Expeditions, shares the exciting news. With Shahar Azani.
  • Lachish and the Early Kingdom of Judah: Digging for Truth Episode 143

    Archaeologist Dr. Michael Hasel join us to talk about the city of Lachish. Dr. Hasel is the Co-Director of the Fourth Expedition to Lachish. Destroyed by the Assyrians in 701 BC, Lachish was second most important city in Judah after Jerusalem and is of great importance in the formation of Judah at t
  • Tel Mevorakh - Reports from Latest Excavations

  • Archaeologist Prof. Ben-Tor Talks about how Excavations at Hazor Validate Bible Stories About it

    The ancient city of Hazor is mentioned in the Bible as the "Head" of the Canaanite kingdoms when the Israelites began to conquer the Promised Land (Joshua 11:10). The Bible tells us that under the courageous leader of Joshua, the city was destroyed and burned with fire. But what do the archaeological remains at Hazor tell us about its destruction?
  • The Last Stand of the Philistines: Archaeologists Find Clue to the Fall of Gath

    When the Aramean king laid siege to biblical Gath 2,800 years ago, the defenders resorted to desperate measures, including, it seems, making flimsy arrowheads out of bone
  • Professor Assaf Yasur-Landau - Dor Port as an Example of Under-water Research of Iron Age Ports

    Diving into the Past: The Past of Men and Sea
    Departmental seminar 2020/2021
    A series of lectures organized by the Student Council and the department of the Land of Israel studies and archaeology in Bar-Ilan University.
    Professor Assaf Yasur-Landau's (The Department of Maritime Civilizations, University of Haifa) lecture on the topic of Dor Port as an example of the under-water research of Iron Age ports.

  • 82. King Solomon’s Mines: History or Legend with Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University. 3/30

    82. Live Zoom Presentation: "King Solomon’s Mines: History or Legend with Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University. 3/30/21
    Results of recent excavations in the ancient copper mines of Timna Valley (southern Israel) shed new light on the mystery of King Solomon’s legendary mines,
  • Tel Hazor Overview: History, Conquest, Israelites, Joshua 11, Judges 4, Canaanites, Sea of Galilee

    The victory over Hazor by Joshua and the Israelites is probably one of the most overlooked miracles in the Bible.

  • Sebastia (Samaria) - A visit to the capital of the Kingdom of Israel (Omri, Ahab, Jezebel, Elijah)

  • 64 Archaeological investigations of Kingdom in the Beth Shean Valley with Prof. Amihai Mazar

    64. Live Zoom Presentation: Archaeological investigations related to the Israelite Kingdom period in the Beth Shean Valley, Israel with Prof. Amihai Mazar
    Professor Mazar will lecture on the results of over 20 years of archeological efforts on 2 major sites: Tel Beth Shean and Tel Rehov.
  • Excavating Slaves' Hill (Site 34) in Timna Valley, Israel

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  • The Gezer Calendar, One of the Earliest Surviving Examples of Written Hebrew -Let's read it together

    An important and personal request from me (followed by information about the site): unfortunately as a tour guide I have not worked since February 2020. Please subscribe to my site and let me show you the Holy Land through it
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  • Following the Stations of the Ark #1: Izbet Zartah (Even Ha'ezer?)

    #ark #bible #evenhaezer #archaeology #biblicalarchaeology

    This video is part of a new vlogging series from the Holy Land, focusing on biblical archeology, history, tour sites, cultural events and more.
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  • 360º Tel Ashkelon

    Join us on the or on the

    In this 360-degree video, you can see the ancient 4,000-year-old city and the gated entrance of Ashkelon that was mentioned in the Bible. In these 360º videos, you can experience these anc
  • Tel Gezer, Biblical Site in Israel, Canaanite Archaeology, King Solomon, Paleo-Hebrew Calendar

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    Situated in the Judean foothills of Israel, Tel Gezer was an important city during the Canaanite and Israelite periods. The site was located on the crossroads of the Via Maris and the road
  • Archaeological excavations expose missing section of the First Temple period Jerusalem wall

    Information about the First Temple period Jerusalem wall itself will be provided after this announcement.

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  • Siloam Inscription Manuscript Spotlight

    Join us today for a look at ancient history as we examine the Siloam Inscription, an 8th century BC paleo-Hebrew inscription commemorating the completion of the Siloam tunnel. This enormously significant artifact is one of the oldest surviving Hebrew texts, and we get to read it!

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  • Khirbet al-Ra‘i - Aerial Views (

    Khirbet al-Ra'i is a multi-period archaeological site in the Judean foothills region. It is located on a strategic location overlooking the Lachish stream, 1Km south east of Kiryat-Gath intersection of highway #6. The site is excavated since 2015, headed by Y. Garfinkel and S. Ganor. Its peak settle
  • A Day at the Dig - Tel Gezer Archaeology Site

    Joshua Hanlon takes you through a day at an archaeology dig at Tel Gezer, Israel. This is part 1 of a presentation on Biblical archaeology at Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee, Indiana. Watch part 2 here:

    Check out this fantastic video series for more info on Bibli
  • Gibeon Overview & Tour, Joshua, Sun Stands Still, Samuel's Tomb, Gibeonites, Nabi Samuel, Jerusalem

    Gibeon is mentioned 43 times in the Bible and played a major role in the history of Israel. See an in-depth look at the history, the key places of interest, and all that happened in the Bible at this biblical site.
  • Episode Twenty-two: Kiriath-Jearim and the Ark Narrative

    Conversations in the Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel with Israel Finkelstein
    Episode Twenty-two: Kiriath-Jearim and the Ark Narrative

    Israel Finkelstein is a leading figure in the archaeology and history of Ancient Israel. Over 40 years of work and research, he has helped to change the wa
  • Archaeologist Prof. Ben-Tor Talks about how Excavations at Hazor Validate Bible Stories About it

    The ancient city of Hazor is mentioned in the Bible as the "Head" of the Canaanite kingdoms when the Israelites began to conquer the Promised Land (Joshua 11:10). The Bible tells us that under the courageous leader of Joshua, the city was destroyed and burned with fire. But what do the archaeologica

    Our Shavuot special on location at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel outside of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Interview with Archaelogist, Professor Yuval Gadot, who was part of the team who excavated this site decades ago, which found archaelogical evidence that it was most likely used as a 'suburban' royal palace o
  • Pharaoh Shishak: Digging for Truth Episode 129

    Bryan Windle will be on the program to talk about Pharaoh Shishak of Egypt. In I Kings 14, the biblical text claims that Shishak attacked the city of Jerusalem, and plundered the Temple. Do we have archaeological evidence about this Pharaoh and can we trust what the Bible says about this king? Could
  • The Tel Dan Inscription

    In this video Prof. Cargill examines the Tel Dan, or "House of David" Inscription and reveals what it says, what it doesn't say, gives its proper historical context, and explains why it's important to biblical archaeology.

    More about Dr. Robert R. Cargill, Associate Professor of Classics and Religi
  • The Deir ‘Alla Inscription: Balaam the Son of Beor - Historical False Prophet or Fictional Figure?

    Do these plaster fragments found at the site of Deir ‘Alla, Jordan help to prove, or disprove, the existence and deeds of the famous false prophet Balaam that are found recorded in the Book of Numbers 22-24 and elsewhere in the Bible? Watch now and find out!

    If you enjoy the video please leave a li
  • ISRAEL - Tel Arad - תל ערד

    Tel Arad National Park
    Tel Arad is located not far from the modern town of Arad in the northern Negev, here are the ruins of an ancient Canaanite city and on a nearby hill are the ruins of an ancient Israelite fortress built some time after the reign of king Solomon. Amongst the fortress ruins is an
  • Who Really Wrote The Bible? | Naked Archaeologist | Parable

    Tradition upholds that God dictated the first five books of the Bible to Moses. The Bible says millions of people witnessed this event, but what can archaeology prove about this fact? Could it really be Moses himself who wrote down the words of God, or could there be new research challenging this hi
  • The Assyrian War Machine: King Hezekiah vs. Emperor Sennacherib: Episode 7

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    The Hebrew Bible contains a dramatic story of Hezekiah, King of Judah, fighting against the Assyrian Emperor Sennacherib. These events are attested both in Assyrian and Judahite sources and are well represented in the archaeological record. With
  • Episode Nine: A United Monarchy?

    Conversations in the Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel with Israel Finkelstein
    Episode Nine: A United Monarchy?

    Israel Finkelstein is a leading figure in the archaeology and history of Ancient Israel. Over 40 years of work and research, he has helped to change the way archaeology is conduct
  • Tell el-Kheleifeh, Jordan: An Iron Age II Caravanserai [ASOR 2020]

    We are pleased to share this presentation in celebration of the virtual conference convened by our colleagues at the American Schools of Oriental Research (@ASOResearch). For additional presentations from the ASOR Virtual Meeting 2020, please see the playlists on our and ASOR's channels (ASORTV).

  • Oded Lipschits - Archaeological Exposure of Three Sites that the Bible Ignored

    Monsieur Oded Lipschits, de l'Université de Tel-Aviv, nous a fait l'honneur de cette conférence intitulée « "The Sound of Silence" - Archaeological Exposure of Three Sites that the Bible Ignored (Ramat Rahel, Moza and Azekah) », le lundi 1er février 2021, sur Zoom.

    Voici le résumé de la conférence
  • The Origins of the Israelites

    In the first episode of our series on Ancient Israel and also Judah we are joined by Dr. Aren Maeir who guides us into the controversial and heavily debated origin or origins of the Ancient Israelites.

    He discusses the scholarship on the subject such as:

    Did the Israelites develop out of the Canaa
  • Who Built Tel Rekhesh?

    By Shuichi Hasegawa, Hisao Kuwabara, Yitzhak Paz
  • The Philistines in History (who they were and where they came from)

    In this quick episode, we take a look at the history of the people known as Philistines, who they were and where they came from. Long cast off as a backward and barbaric people, modern scholarship has revealed that the Philistines were actually a sophisticated civilization with a complex history.
  • Facing the Facts about the “Face of God”

    In 2020, an article by Yosef Garfinkel suggested interpreting clay male figures of the 10th and 9th century BCE in Khirbet Qeiyafa as images of the central deity YHWH. The following article is a critical response to Yosef Garfinkel by Shua Kisilevitz, Ido Koch, Oded Lipschits, and David S. Vanderhooft, who reject his hypothesis altogether, citing other examples from the sites of Moza, Tel Kinrot, Tel Rehov, Ashdod and Tirzah.
  • Archaeologists propose new identification for biblical Tel Rosh

    First documented in the mid-19th century, Tel Rosh presents remains dating back to periods spanning over the millennia.
  • Ancient Bee Hives Discovered from the Town of Prophet Elisha

    An amazing discovery indicates beekeeping may have been a big industry thousands of years ago. Evidence shows honey was being produced by bees here nearly 3,000 years ago around the time of the prophet Elisha.
  • Tell el-Farah (South) in Israel

    Updated July 16th 2020
  • What do animal remains tell us about biblical Abel Beth Maacah?

    Researchers analyzed faunal remains from Abel Beth Maacah to understand more about the relationship between the two centers and their political and economic structure in the centuries that preceded their appearance in the Bible.
  • Unveiling the Secret of the Archaeological Site of Tel Abel Beth Maacah

    Learn about Unveiling the Secret of the Archaeological Site of Tel Abel Beth Maacah, featuring Dr. Naama Yahalom-Mack. Dr. Yahalom-Mack is Head of the Laboratory for Archaeological Materials and Ancient Technologies at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University. Specializing in archaeo-metallurgy (the study of ancient metals), she uses cutting-edge technologies to determine the origin of archaeological metals and other materials, to help understand ancient civilizations.
  • Prof. Aren Maeir – Excavations at Tell es-Safi, Biblical Gath of the Philistines, home of Goliath

    Our new series of Zoom lectures, "Virtual Tour and Learn"!

    Prof. Aren Maeir's lecture on the Excavations at Tell es-Safi, Biblical Gath of the Philistines, home of Goliath.

    The Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at
    Bar-Ilan University presents a series of public Zo
  • Tel Moza - Preliminary Report

    Volume 132 Year 2020 - article by Shua Kisilevitz and Oded Lipschits
  • The temple discovered in Tel Moza was as large as Solomon's temple and survived even after the first destruction of the temple in Jerusalem

  • Was the Bible right? Inscription may confirm ancient Israel’s borders

    A newly-discovered Hebrew-language inscription might confirm that the border of ancient Israel reached areas that some archaeologists were previously skeptical about, thus confirming the Bible’s account.
  • ‘Royal Estate’ That Served Biblical Kings Found in Northern Israel

    The remains at Horvat Tevet shed light on the rise and fall of the powerful Omride dynasty, which ruled over the northern kingdom of Israel 2,900 years ago

  • Hebrew nametag on ancient wine jar reopens debate on size of Israelite kingdom

    Researchers were astonished when a closer review of the clay vessels from Abel Beth Maacah revealed that one of them bore an inscription in ancient Hebrew.
  • One of the most special and least known Crusader fortresses in Israel - The story of Apollonia–Arsuf

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  • Teaching 9 - Tel Arad (The Forgotten Temple)

    Touring through 2 parts of the ancient ruins of Arad, in the south mid-eastern area of Israel.
    The more ancient pagan city of Arad that was destroyed 4500 years ago and the less ancient part of it, a citadel that was built in the time of the Kings of Israel.
  • Bible & Archaeology Discussions Israel Finkelstein & Thomas Römer: Episode 4 - Armageddon & Megiddo

    Thomas Römer and Israel Finkelstein discuss the reference in the Book of Kings to the killing of King Josiah of Judah at Megiddo by Pharaoh Necho in 609 BCE and the connection between this event and the Armageddon tradition in the Book of Revelation.
  • 7 - Campaña 2019. Reconstrucción en 3D de la Casa A. Hierro IIA.

  • Tel Yarmuth - Aerial views (

    Tel Yarmuth (Jarmuth) is located in the low hills (Shephelah) of Judea, above the newly built neighborhood of Ramat Beit Shemesh. The mound, 180 dunams in area, has an acropolis on its eastern side and a lower city on the western side.
    On the lower city is a monumental palace, covering and area of
  • Tel Beer Sheva National Park

    Walking tour. No action. Tel Be'er Sheva is a beautiful park in the desert of Israel.
    Tel Be’er Sheva, the area in which the forefathers of the Jewish nation (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) lived and worked, is an important biblical tel – one of three from the days of the Bible that UNESCO has included
  • Bible and Archaeology Discussions Finkelstein & Römer: Episode 3 - King Solomon & Megiddo

    Israel Finkelstein and Thomas Römer discuss the association of King Solomon with the celebrated site of Megiddo in view of the archaeological exploration of the site: the two palaces, the stables and the six-chambered gate. Is there a Solomonic stratum at Megiddo? What is the background to the bibli
  • Magnetic Field

    The long memory of the jewish people at the service of science

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  • The Assyrian siege ramp in Lachish (Israel). From here in 701 BC they invaded the city.

    Zahi Shaked A tour guide in Israel and his camera [email protected] +972-54-6905522 tel סיור עם מורה הדרך ומדריך הטיולים צחי שקד 0546905522
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    In 2000 I became a registered liscenced tourist guide.
    My dedication in life is to pass on the ancient history of the Holy Land.

  • The History of Megiddo ~ With Dr Eric Cline ~ Historian /Archaeologist (Author of 1177 BC)

    In this episode we dive into the history of Megiddo which is a site that has seen the rise and fall of at least twenty cities. From the Neolithic to its final decline and depopulation we explore the history, archaeological discoveries and conflicts that have taken place there.

    We watch as Dr. Cline
  • Ancient Biblical Samaria & the Palace of Ahab and Jezebel (FCF S10E12)

    Jeff and Isaac visit ancient Biblical Samaria which was the capital city of the Kingdom of Israel for 157 years. King Omri built this city and later King Ahab and Jezebel ruled from here and led the Israelites into idol worship. Jeff also visits with Jim Shutz in Beit Shemesh, Executive Director of
  • Excavation at Akko - A Day on the Tel

    Archaeology means getting up early, working hard in the hot sun, and documenting every inch of excavated ground. It's also a lot of fun. One of the only ways we have of reaching out and touching the ancient world is digging with our bare hands, and the opportunity to do that is why students and facu
  • Archaeologists discover Phoenician family tomb in ancient city of Achziv

    Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an entire Phoenician family buried together in a tomb in Achziv, an ancient population center on the Mediterranean coast near the northern city Nahariya.
  • Whole Nuclear Family Found in Ancient Phoenician Tomb in Israel

    The remains of what seems to be a cherished child buried with its unadorned parents in Achziv 2,800 years ago indicate they lived well and died a century before the Assyrians arrived
  • Archaeological site could cast light on life of Biblical villain Sisera

    The Bronze Age site of el Ahwat may have been the fortress of the Canaanite commander Sisera, whose death at the hands of Jael is recorded in the Book of Judges.
  • 'New York' of the Bronze Age discovered in Israel

    A 5,000-year-old city found north of Tel Aviv points to sophisticated urban planning taking place earlier than previously thought. Israel's Antiquities Authority has called it the "New York of the early Bronze Age."

  • Assyrians Came, Conquered, and Kicked Everyone Out: Tablets Reveal 2,700-year-old Relocation

    Cuneiform records show land sales 2,700 years ago in Hadid, central Israel, were made to people with entirely foreign names
  • A virtual tour of Esur

    Credit: Yaakov Shmidov, Israel Antiquities Authority
  • A visit to the Bull Site

  • A new exhibition - Highway through History

    A new exhibition at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem presents artifacts discovered during a rescue excavation of Tel Beit Shemesh. The Route 38 expansion plan has inadvertently led to important new historical evidence. Significant finds uncovered will be on display for the first time, a
  • The Lachish Reliefs

    Archaeological finds of Sennacherib's palace at Nineveh come to life to depict the Battle of Lachish from the Book of Isaiah.
  • Hazor's Destruction in Joshua/Judges (Part Two): Digging for Truth Episode 61

    In Part Two, Scott Lanser and Henry Smith discuss evidence for Hazor's destruction in both the 15th century and 13th century BC. Topics include Deborah and Barak, cultic desecration, and evidence for fire (part two of two).
  • Hazor's Destruction in Joshua/Judges (Part One): Digging for Truth Episode 60

    The Canaanite city of Hazor was destroyed by the Israelites in the late 15th century BC. Join DFT co-hosts Scott Lanser and Henry Smith as they discuss the importance of Hazor, King Jabin, the Amarna Letters, the Mari archive and Egyptian execration texts mentioning Hazor. (Part one of two).
  • 'Being Able to Dig the Bible:' The Secrets of Tel Shiloh Revealed

    Shilo, Judea and Samaria. Jun 23, 2019. Video by Esty Dziubov/TPS.
  • Wandering around the Bull Site

  • Walking down into the pool at Gibeon (Al Jib)

    The pool of Gibeon mentioned in 2 Samuel 2:12-17.
  • Uncover History at Tel Shimron

    In the museum, guests are invited to see read about pieces of history, but now, Dr. Daniel Master is inviting you to discover and touch history at Tel Shimron.

    Learn more at
  • Solomon's Temple Explained

    Solomon's temple stood in Jerusalem for almost 400 years. It was the crown jewel of Jerusalem, and the center of worship to the Lord. Understanding the significance of its location, history, and design can greatly add to one's reverence for one of the most holy places in the world.
  • A 3,000-year-old glass head deepens one of the Bible’s oldest mysteries

    The Israeli and American-led team of archaeologists were about five years into their excavations last summer, “digging through the floor of a massive Iron Age structure” when they found the head beneath the top of the site
  • Khirbet Qeiyafa-3D

     A 3D reconstruction of Khirbet Qeiyafa
  • Pro​j​ecto Arqueológico ​na Palestina: Tell el-Far'a

    Projecto Arqueológico na Palestina: Tell el-Far'a dirigido por Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH), Universidade da Coruña e Ministério do Turismo e Antiguidades da Palestina.

  • The Tel Burna Archeological Excavation Project

    An exciting look at a day in the life of a volunteer Ariel University's Institute of Archaeology Tel Burna Archaeological excavation project in Israel. Will you join us next year?
  • Education in Ancient Israel: Insights from Kuntillet 'Ajrud

    How were traditions passed on in biblical times? What kind of "education" took place in ancient Israel? The recent full publication of the inscriptions from the excavations at Kuntillet 'Ajrud provide the first complete, though fragmentary, set of elementary of scribal exercises from Ancient Israel.
  • Exploring Tel Arad: An Ancient Canaanite and Israelite City

    I visited dozens of archaeological sites while researching in Jerusalem. Tel Arad was one of the my favorites and the inspiration for my video on YHWH and Asherah. Here is a longer exploration of this ancient Canaanite and Israelite city.

    Twitter: @andrewmarkhenry
  • The Shiloh Excavations: What A Dig Does

    Find out what happens on our archaeological excavations at Biblical Shiloh. Join us for our next season:
  • Atlit castle

    Sketch of visualization of Atlit fortress based on book of C. N. Johns. Work in progress.
  • Tel Goded - Aerial Views (

    A large mound 3KM north east of Beit Guvrin, with ruins of a Canaanite city (Middle and Late Bronze age) and Judean Kingdom city (destroyed by Sennacherib in 701 BC). The city is identified by some scholars as Moreshet-Gath, birthplace of prophet Micah (Micah 1,1): "The word of the LORD that came t
  • The Lachish Reliefs in the Southwest Palace, Nineveh

    Flyover of the Assyrian King Sennacherib's "Palace without Rival" (the Southwest Palace) at Nineveh (modern Mosul, Iraq) and then a flythrough of the room in the palace holding reliefs depicting the Assyrian destruction of Lachish, mirroring descriptions of the events in the Bible. Video developed b
  • The Brutal Assyrian Siege of Lachish: Judean City Destroyed

    LIVE on TBN, Fridays at 10:30pm ET (9:30pm CT, 8:30pm MT, 7:30pm PT)
  • Bible archeology Proto-Hebrew alphabet evidence of early Hebrew writing

    Archeological discovery of an ancient stone with the inscription of a proto-Hebrew alphabet, found at Tel Zayit and dating to around the 10th century BC. This is early evidence of Israelite writing and that the process of writing the Bible started way before the Babylonian Captivity.
  • King Hezekiah & Siloam Inscription in Hebrew with Ami Mazar and Shani Atias

    Directed by Peter Hagyo-Kovacs from the documentary film, Inside Jerusalem, available on iTunes:

    Text of Siloam Inscription in English (read by Shani Atias in Hebrew):

    "... the tunnel ... and this is the s
  • Israeli Archeologist to Start Dig at 'Ark of the Covenant' Site

    Diggers will begin their first ever excavation at Kiryat Yearim.
  • Previously Unknown Canaanite Revolt Against Egypt Revealed in Ancient Jaffa

    There is no record of the Canaanites ousting their Egyptian overlords, but 3,100-year-old remains of fiery destruction suggest they did just that.

  • Tell el-Far’a, archaeological investigations in the biblical lands

    Recent work has brought news on Assyrian domination in the region and about Iron Age in the eastern Levant
  • Unearthing a Philistine cemetery in ancient Ashkelon

    Researchers from the Harvard-backed Leon Levy Expedition discuss a “moment of history that has never been seen before” as they uncover 160 individual remains that will provide insights into the lives and ancestry of the Philistines.
  • Tel Batash - Biblical Timnah (

    A 40 dunam (10 acres) walled city, on the south bank of the Sorek valley. First fortified in the MB period, continuously occupied until the Hellenistic period. Tel Batash is identified as Biblical city of Timnah. During the times of Samson, it was a Philistine city, where Samson searched for a wife
  • Tel Rosh Aerial views (

    Tel Rosh (Khirbet er Ruweis) is a large (25 dunam) ancient mound, with remains spanning the Early Bronze Age to Early Arab period. The Biblical city is identified as Bethshemesh of the Galilee, allotted to the Naphtali tribe. It is located in the Upper Galilee region, near Moshav Elkosh- a farming s
  • 3D modeling - Tel-Asur archaeological site

    A 3D modeling of the excavation site we did.
    The scan delivered a 2Cm resolution 3D model with high accuracy level.
    We delivered high resolution Tiff orthophoto, DSM and DTM. also delivered was a 3D model in a number of formats.
    The scan was done using our Terrascan-B drone with only two flights.

    על תל אסור - תֵּל אֵסוּר (בערבית: תַל אַסַווִיר, "
  • Rosh Zayit Aerial View (

    Ruins of an Iron age site, in the hills above the plain of Cabul. An 11th-8th C BC Phoenician fortress, regional administrative center, military post and agriculture village. The site may be identified with the Biblical Cabul from the times of King Solomon.
  • Archaeologist Ehud Galili on Tel Dor and the Fish Ponds in Nakhsholim

  • Excavating Over Two Thousand Years of History at Tel ‘Eton

    By: Avraham Faust and Hayah Katz
  • Tel 'Eton Aerial View (

    Remains of a large Biblical city located in the Judean low hills region east of Hebron, identified as city of Eglon.

    Bible (Joshua 10 5): "Therefore the five kings of the Amorites... king of Eglon, gathered themselves ... and made war against it"
  • Tel Erani Aerial View (

    Ruins of a multi-period Biblical city located near Kiryat Gat, at the edge of the southern Shephela. The site consists of a lower city covering a large area of 250 dunams (25 hectares), and an upper city of 20 dunams (2 hectares) on an elevated mound at the north east corner. The city was fortified
  • 15th Century BC Destruction Layer at Joshua's Ai

    Dr. Scott Stripling describes a destruction layer at Joshua's Ai (Khirbet el-Maqatir), which features calcined bedrock and Late Bronze I pottery in situ from the time of Joshua. (Video courtesy of Steve Rudd).
  • Flight Over Tel Beth Shemesh (

    Tel Beth Shemesh - An important Biblical city, located in the valley of Nahal Sorek. Beth Shemesh is mentioned in connection with the return of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines.
  • Flight Over Socho (

    Sochoh - Remains of a Biblical city in the valley of Elah, dated to the times of David and successor kings of Judah. It was an important fortified gateway city, protecting the western flank of the Kingdom.
  • Hebrew Inscriptions Pairing Yahweh with the Goddess Asherah

    Challenging claims of Yahwehistic monotheism, Hebrew dedicatory blessing inscriptions discovered at Kuntillet Ajrud and Khirbet el-Qom, explicitly pair the goddess Asherah with the proclaimed bachelor-god Yahweh.
    More Asherah information and resources at
  • Shishak's Military Campaign in Asia

    This is a Google Earth tour of sites in Israel/Palestine and Jordan that were affected by Pharaoh Shishak's military campaign.
  • Tell Balata "an ancient Canaanite city Shechem"

  • New Archaeological Data for the Study of Ancient Israelite Religion and Society from Tel Dan

  • Publishing the Tell Jemmeh Excavations, 40 years later

  • A 3,300 Year Old Coffin was Exposed Containing the Personal Belongings of a Wealthy Canaanite – Possibly an Official of the Egyptian Army (April 2014)

    he rare artifacts were uncovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority near Tel Shadud
  • The ancient agricultural implements path in the Yatir Forest - Israel

    Zahi Shaked A tour guide in Israel and his camera
    [email protected] +972-54-6905522 tel
    סיור עם מורה הדרך ומדריך הטיולים צחי שקד 0546905522
    My name is Zahi Shaked
    In 2000 I became a registered liscenced tourist guide.
    My dedication in life is to pass on the ancient history of the Holy Land.

  • Tel Dor

    Dor city was founded 3,500 years ago on top of a hill alongside the Mediterranean Sea and was one of the most important cities in Israel. Dor was the largest fortified port city between Acre in the north and Jaffa in the south and its port flourished from trading in the eastern basin of the Mediterr
  • Hezekiah's Tunnel

    The Shiloah (Siloam) Tunnel
    The rebellion of the king of Judah against the Assyrian Empire in 701 BCE placed Jerusalem in great danger. This video depicts Jerusalem's ordeal under the threat of Assyrian siege and Hezekiah's creative solution to the city's resulting water problem.
  • The Lachish Reliefs

    When King Hezekiah rebelled against Assyria in 701 BCE, Sennacherib launched a campaign against Judah and conquered all of its fortified cities. Sennacherib immortalized the conquest of the city of Lachish in huge reliefs that he installed in his palace in the Iraqi city of Nineveh. This animated vi
  • The Ceremonial Precinct in the Upper City of Hazor: What Does the Identification As a Temple or Palace Have to Do With Joshua’s Conquest?

    By: Amnon Ben-Tor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • The Broad Wall of Ancient Jerusalem

    The refugees that came to Jerusalem from the collapsing kingdom of Israel in 721 BCE built their homes in an unsettled area on the city's western hill, and King Hezekiah had to protect this area from Sennacherib's army ahead of the Assyrian siege. This video shows the massive wall that Hezekiah buil
  • Givati Parking Lot dig Jerusalem is an archaeological excavation in the City of David neighborhood

    Zahi Shaked A tour guide in Israel and his camera
    [email protected] 972-54-6905522 tel
    סיור עם מורה הדרך ומדריך הטיולים צחי שקד 0546905522
    My name is Zahi Shaked
    In 2000 I became a registered liscenced tourist guide.
    My dedication in life is to pass on the ancient history of the Holy Land.

  • Ekron

  • The Cyrus Cylinder: An Artifact Ahead of Its Time

    More on the Cyrus Cylinder:

    This relic from ancient Persia had a profound influence on the Founding Fathers
  • Excavations Highlight Late Bronze Age Jaffa

  • Tour of Archaeological Excavations in Ancient Tel Hebron

    David Wilder explains the archaeological excavations in Tel Hebron including stairs that date back 4,500 years, and artifacts that indicate positive prove that Jews lived in Hebron since the days of Abraham.

    To visit Hebron including the Cave of Machpela and the archaeological site of Tel Hebron, c
  • Smithsonian Institution Excavations at Tel Jemmeh, Israel, 1970 - 1973

    6:16 minute film clips from film footage documenting archaeological fieldwork at a Smithsonian Institution excavation at Tel Jemmeh, Israel under the leadership of Smithsonian curator Gus Van Beek. Film footage is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution.

    For more information, search SOVA
  • Faculty Profile: Robert Mullins, Ph.D. and Abel Beth Maacah

    In summer 2012, Azusa Pacific University, in a joint project with Hebrew University of Jerusalem, began a 10-year survey and excavation project on Abel Beth Maacah (1 Kings 15: 20 and 2 Kings 15: 29), one of ancient Israel's northern guardian cities. Azusa Pacific Associate Professor of Biblical Stu
  • Ashkelon: Seaport of the Philistines

    Sunday at the Met Helen Diller Lecture Series with Professor Lawrence Stager who speaks about 25 seasons of excavations in the city of Ashkelon, Israel
  • Flying Through History - Pharaoh Shishak I's Military Campaign in the Holy Land

    Flying Through History - Pharaoh Shishak I's Military Campaign in the Holy Land
    An Application of the Digital Archaeology of the Holy Land (DAAHL)
    Center of Interdisciplinary Studies for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology
    California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology
  • Ap-chaeology 2, Part 2: Thomas Levy and Iron IIb-c Khirbet en-Nahas

    This is part of a video series on archaeologists who have (likely wrongly) proposed that the sites they are excavating have something to do with the United Monarchy of Israel and Judah. For sources, see
  • Ap-chaeology 2, Part 1: Thomas Levy and Iron I-IIa Khirbet en-Nahas

    This is part of a video series on archaeologists who have (likely wrongly) proposed that the sites they are excavating have something to do with the United Monarchy of Israel and Judah. For sources, see
  • The Stolen Canaanite Gods of Hebrews/Israelites: El, Baal, Asherah

    The Bibles Stolen Gods from the Canaanite Pantheon (El, Baal, Asherah, Anat, Yahw, Ashtoreth, etc.) featuring Professor Christine Hayes of Yale University -- mrw nTr tkAt's website: [The African Origins of Western Religions]
  • The Givati Parking Lot Excavation- City of David

    Across from the entrance to the City of David, in the Givati Parking Lot, archaeologist Dr. Doron Ben-Ami discovered what appears to be the palace of Queen Helena of Adiabene. According to ancient Jewish and Roman texts, Queen Helena converted to Judaism in the First Century CE and then relocated he
  • Excavations at Kadesh Barnea (Tell El-Qudeirat) 1976–1982

  • Tel Zeton

    Golan, D., 2008, Tel Zeton, Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel, 120
  • Jarvis Lecture on Christianity & Culture Part 2

    Dr. William G. Dever presents a lecture titled "Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel," for the 16th Annual Jarvis Lecture on Christianity & Culture, presented by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences Religious Studies Program.

    TELL ABU HAWAM Excavations
  • Tell el-Far'ah, South Israel Excavation Project

    Within these pages you will find information about the ongoing excavation at
    Tell el-Far'ah, South, including project objectives and volunteer information,
    as well as links other valuable information for individuals interested in the history and
    archaeology of the Ancient Near East.
  • Pictures of special finds from Tel Nami in the Israel Museum website

    Pictures of special finds from Tel Nami in the Israel Museum website: scepters decorated with pomegranates, a wine set, and incense stands.
  • Episode 12: The Untold Story of The Ella Valley Tribe

    In this episode I shall contend that the “Ella Valley tribe” lived on its land for 1,100 years, beginning in the Middle Bronze Age I, around 1,800 BC, until the Assyrian king Sennacherib’s campaign in 701 BC. During this long period, the tribe was active in the geo-political area of the Shephelah, between the cities of Gat, Ekron, Beit-Shemesh and Lachish, and was not related to the geo-political system of the mountain area. The city built in Tel Azekah was the tribe’s centre, and during long periods in the second millennium BC, it was a strong, rich, and fortified Urban centre. The Judean kings gradually established their rule over the Ella Valley tribe and the area’s urban centre, beginning after Gat’s destruction by the king of Aram-Damascus Hazael in the last third of the 9th century BC, probably completing their takeover not before the middle of the 8th century BC. Sennacherib’s campaign brought the end of the Ella Valley tribe and the city of Azekah. A large part of the population that survived was deported to Assyria, and others probably escaped, some finding refuge around Jerusalem. Only after the Assyrian withdrawal from the area in the 630s BC, during King Josiah’s reign, could Judah take over the Shephelah and the Ella Valley again. The place became an important centre of the kingdom’s olive oil industry, and Azekah was rebuilt as an administrative centre and military fort on Judah’s border, when for the first time in its history a population originally from Judah lived in it, among them, perhaps, the grandchildren of those who escaped from Azekah to Jerusalem during Sennacherib’s campaign.
  • The Izbet Sartah Abecedary, One of the Best Examples of the Proto-Canaanite Alphabet

  • Ramat Rachel Citadel & garden - 3D

    3D reconstruction of Ramat Rachel Citadel & garden
  • Shua Kisilevitz | "Unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose?" On the temple from the first temple period in Tel Moza

    A filmed lecture in Hebrew.
  • A lecture by Shua Kisilevitz – “The Tale of Tel Moza”, in the faculty of Protestant theology at Charles University in Prague, April 2019.

  • Deir Alla Inscription

  • Tel Hadar: A Bronze and Iron Age Community in the Central Levant: The Moshe Kochavi and Pirhiya Beck Excavations (1987–1998)

  • Near Jerusalem: A temple from the days of the temple in Jerusalem, resembling Solomon's temple, was discovered

  • Burial Inscription from Khirbet el-Qom

  • Ein El-Qudeirat

  • The Broad Wall, Jerusalem