Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Times of Israel

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Podcast: Secret Holocaust poems set to haunting music by survivor’s granddaughter

Czech-born musician Lenka Lichtenberg speaks about her new album, 'Thieves of Dreams,' based on poetry written in Theresienstadt and hidden in Prague. NEW: Full transcript included → Read More

Israeli archaeologists uncover earliest known use of opium in the ancient world

Traces of hallucinogen found in pottery from Tel Yehud; with new scientific protocols at sites in Israel, discovery may soon be just one of many exciting new 'firsts' → Read More

Frozen in time, 3,300-year-old burial cave accidentally discovered at popular beach

During construction work at Palmachim National park, a fallen rock reveals an ancient burial treasure trove → Read More

Podcast: After writing the great Jewy-American novel, author Elyssa Friedland's back

This week, 'Last Summer at the Golden Hotel' and 'Floating Feldmans' author releases her newest work and tells us all about it. NEW: Full transcript included → Read More

Ingathering of the exiles? Extremely rare First Temple-era papyrus repatriated

2,700-year-old inscribed papyrus, a letter to 'Ishmael' written in early Hebrew script, joins only two others from biblical times. But that's just the beginning of the story → Read More

Were First Temple Jerusalemites living in lap of luxury? Rare ivory finds offer clue

Considered one of the most precious materials in antiquity, 1,500 ivory fragments discovered in ongoing City of David excavations open debate about a more globalized Holy City → Read More

Proving Josephus: Research on Roman ballistics confirms Second Temple battle account

Computer calculations of 70 CE Roman arsenal uncovered in excavations in Jerusalem demonstrate veracity of Jewish historian Josephus's report of intense fighting near Third Wall → Read More

Busted: Thousands of ancient coins and arrowheads seized from northern Israel home

Israel Antiquities Authority theft prevention unit says Afula man illegally dug up and traded in ancient finds, likely also smuggled items abroad to public auctions → Read More

David Weiss Halivni, pillar of Talmudic scholarship, Holocaust survivor, dies age 95

A prodigy, Halivni received rabbinic ordination at 15, won the Israel Prize and molded generations of scholars in US and Israel, teaching well into his 90s → Read More

Stunning Roman-era Lod seafaring mosaic finally drops anchor in a home of its own

Five years - and a pandemic - after breaking ground at Lod, the Shelby White & Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Archaeological Center is inaugurated to house the massive sea-themed floor → Read More

One of the oldest known mosques in the world uncovered in Negev Bedouin city Rahat

New discovery joins a second very early mosque dated to the 7th century, when Islam was just beginning to spread in the Holy Land → Read More

Games at Gath: Board games give relatable insight into daily lives of Canaanites

New research into the proliferation of senet, an Egyptian game, shows osmosis of dominant culture and local adaptation; game still played today in Sinai → Read More

1,800-year-old grave marker for ‘Jacob the Convert’ stumbled upon at Beit She’arim

Oddly worded Greek-language inscription warns against opening the grave of a 60-year-old 'proselyte'; accidentally discovered next to a second inscription during park conservation → Read More

New segment of Jerusalem’s 2,000-year-old Low-Level aqueduct revealed

Recent excavations in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood uncover a 40-meter piece of the capital's main water carrier, 21 kilometers long, which was used until British Mandate → Read More

Stilled life: Why did farmers flee a homestead 2,100 years ago in the Galilee?

A salvage excavation uncovers a frozen scene of existential distress during the Hellenistic era and an earlier agricultural community from the Iron Age → Read More

Massive bust of illegal antiquities trade seizes 1,800 coins and ancient artifacts

Man from central Israel suspected of smuggling thousands of priceless treasures abroad for years through an online store → Read More

Alabaster for Herod the Great’s lavish bathtubs traced to quarry in Israel

Daughter-father scientific study rules out Egyptian quarries and shows ancient Holy Land industry was potentially much more developed than previously thought → Read More

Ancient trash a treasure in mapping first steps to globalization on Incense Route

Sifting through refuse at roadside inns from 300 BCE to 300 CE uncovers 'social archives' that help explain the social and economic organization of the Nabatean caravan trade → Read More

Podcast: Mayim Bialik on her debut film, being a Jew in Hollywood & missing Israel

With the release of 'As They Made Us,' Bialik she wrote and directed, 'The Big Bang Theory' alumna has just added the credit 'filmmaker' to her already unbelievable resume → Read More

Was Monty Python’s ‘Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch’ fact? Crusader-era explosive found

Analysis of 11th-12th cent. vessel shards excavated in Jerusalem's Old City give support to Crusader-era accounts of exploding projectiles -- such as depicted in 'The Holy Grail' → Read More