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A Weighty Find In East Jerusalem

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It’s a yard-wide piece of limestone, weighs about a ton, is about 2,000 years old and is priceless — to archeologists, that is.

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Tourism Among The Ruins

Israel’s archaeological legacy poised to lure a new generation of sophisticated travelers.

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At a construction site near the coastal city of Ashkelon recently, workers dug up something most unusual: a 72-foot-high Byzantine temple.

Artist rendering of the new Schottenstein archaeology campus. Courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority

Happy Chanukah: Hasmonean-era House Unearthed In Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM — A house dating to the Hasmonean period was uncovered in eastern Jerusalem near the Temple Mount.

Excavation on Ancient Jerusalem Tunnel Completed


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Israel Antiquities Authority completed the excavation of an ancient tunnel that runs from the City of David in eastern Jerusalem to near the Temple Mount.

Officials fear Palestinians may riot, believing that the project is an attempt to damage the Al Aksa Mosque.

The road in the tunnel was used by travelers making pilgrimages to Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. It was discovered during excavations on a water channel used for drainage during the Second Temple period.

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