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Jerusalem of Gold: A 2300-year-old gold ring was found in the City of David

The ring was found in the joint Israel Antiquities Authority – Tel Aviv University excavation. Its small diameter leads experts to suggest it is a child’s ring, either girl or boy, who lived in Jerusalem during the Hellenistic period. “An unusual and deeply moving find, not one found every day.”

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A new scientific study has managed to accurately date findings from the First Temple period that were discovered in the city of David

Among the conclusions of the research conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science is that already in the 10th century BCE – the days of King David – extensive activity was carried out in Jerusalem

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Enigmatic rare stone box from the Second Temple period was discovered in the City of David

The stone box is now presented to the public for the first time at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The box, used for commercial activity, was burnt – evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago

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The most ancient rooftiles found in the Land of Israel were discovered in the City of David

Archaeological excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel-Aviv University at the City of David National Park, located around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, have uncovered the oldest ceramic roofing tiles in the Land of Israel

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For a Happy New Year: the Symbols of the Festival in the City of David

Various appearances of the symbols of New Year's Eve have been discovered in finds in the City of David, and give special significance to the ceremony of the blessings on them. We have collected some selected and especially sweet ones, for a happy and sweet new year

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A mystery in the City of David: What were the mysterious canal facilities from the time of the kings of Judah used for?

The carved canal facilities discovered in the City of David National Park were in use about 2800 years ago. Police investigators were mobilized in order to resolve the mystery, but in the meantime - to no avail.

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9th of Av 2023 in the City of David: The ruins of the destruction are exposed once again

In a new excavation site currently being conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the City of David National Park, new ruins of the Roman destruction of Jerusalem are being revealed to archaeologists.

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Finding a treasure in the debris: An archaeological experience for the whole family

At the Emek Tzurim Archaeological Experience, anyone can become an "archaeologist for a day" and discover a treasure. Many visitors have already participated in sifting debris from the City of David excavations and have found rare and special discoveries

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“They Did Not Save the Receipt”: A financial record from 2,000 years ago was uncovered on the Pilgrimage Road in the City of David–Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare during the Second Temple period

The inscription, discovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority, was probably a receipt or a payment instruction recorded by a person engaged in commercial activity in Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. The small stone tablet, engraved with letters and numbers, was discovered in an area considered a bustling commercial area.

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Rare Gold Bead from the City of David more than 1,600 Years old Discovered in Jerusalem

A rare gold bead from the end of the Roman era was uncovered within the Israel Antiquities Authority excavation of the Pilgrimage Road in the City of David, part of the Jerusalem Walls National Park. The gold bead, which was discovered by a volunteer, is handmade in a delicate and complicated process. "Whoever wore it was certainly affluent", researchers said.

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