December 2, 1998 |
Archeology, one of Israel's biggest tourist attractions, suffered a blow Tuesday when most of the country's excavations were shut down. The Israel Antiquities Authority halted its salvage digs after the Supreme Court ruled that developers and building contractors cannot be billed for the costs of these excavations. The antiquities authority carries out a salvage dig before most construction projects begin.
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September 26, 1998 |
A British scholar has concluded after a 10-year study that the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem contains stone remnants dating to the time of Jesus. Many scholars have believed the present-day tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was essentially only an outer structure erected in the 19th century, said Martin Biddle, an Oxford professor of medieval archeology. "We are sure now that inside here are the remains of three successive houses and the original stone-cut tomb," Biddle said.
July 11, 1998 |
The hand-lettered signs began appearing recently on the walls and community bulletin boards of this city's ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods. The fliers list the names and phone numbers of several prominent Israeli archeologists, including the head of Israel's Antiquities Authority, and urge community members to harass and threaten the men, who are described as "grave robbers." The message ends with a chilling wish: "May their bones be ground into dust."
March 30, 1998 |
Israeli archeologists have found what is believed to be the world's oldest synagogue in the ruins of a 2,000-year-old palace outside the West Bank city of Jericho. The synagogue, which dates between 50 BC and 70 BC, was uncovered by archeologists in the ruins of a Maccabean winter palace, archeology professor Ehud Netzer said Sunday. Netzer said worshipers would have sat on a bench running along pillars in the synagogue's basilica-shaped hall.
November 10, 1997 |
Archeologists have uncovered the spot where early Christians believed Mary rested on her way to Bethlehem to give birth to Jesus. The large octagonal church now being excavated was discovered last month while contractors were laying a water pipe for construction workers at nearby Har Homa, a planned Jewish settlement on the edge of traditionally Arab East Jerusalem. The site is midway between the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
August 20, 1997 |
Israeli archeologists have discovered a mass grave in Galilee dating from a Jewish revolt against Rome 19 centuries ago. "We uncovered in a cistern many, many people, including young children and teenagers about 16 years old," archeologist Mordechai Aviam said Tuesday. "Those are probably families that died in the siege," he said. Roman forces besieged the city of Yodfat in their march on Jerusalem in AD 67 and captured it after 47 days.