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5 New Major Archaeological Discoveries in Israel - Including at the Tomb of the P/Matriarchs!!

For all you archaeology fans: Here is a quick rundown of things recently discovered here in Israel, courtesy of your intrepid tour guide of Israel...

The structure at the Tomb of the Patriarchs was built by King Herod 1600 years after the Biblical matriarch Sarah was first buried there. With archaeology being impossible there, how do we know what was going on there prior to Herod? Well now we have some answers...

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/tomb-of-patriarchs-popular-site-in-first-temple-times-pottery-suggests-633960


What brought an end to the Christian communities in the Negev desert during the Byzantine times? Hint - a lot of the same stuff that is plaguing us today... but at least they had wine!

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/grape-pits-show-how-ancient-christian-villages-in-the-negev-rose-and-fell-636534


A major Byzantine monastery has been found near Mount Tabor, where Catholics mark the Transfiguration of Jesus (though the text places it further north near Banyas - likely Mount Hermon - where Protestants tend to visit to tell the story).

https://www.timesofisrael.com/large-6th-century-church-compound-uncovered-near-site-of-jesus-transfiguration/


Ever wanted to know about arrowheads? A comprehensive study on arrowheads found in Israel has been done by researchers at Tel Aviv University, with a few surprises...

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium-the-evolution-of-the-ultimate-weapon-of-ancient-times-1.8939241


Finally, just down the road from my apartment an administrative center from the time of the Judean kings was found (video below).

https://www.timesofisrael.com/huge-kingdom-of-judah-government-complex-found-stones-throw-from-us-embassy/

For other major archaeological news from Israel, see all my posts about archaeology here:

https://www.tourguideofisrael.com/blog/categories/archaeology


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