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09-05-2012, 03:22 PM
Ancient Jewish Town Unearthed (http://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-unearth-ruins-of-1500-year-old-jewish-town-in-southern-israel/)

Two Ancient Classical (Headless) Statues Found at Turkey's Aphrodisias (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/headless-statues-unearthed-in-aphrodisias-excavations.aspx?pageID=238&nID=29194&NewsCatID=375)

09-08-2012, 03:19 PM
First Temple Period Public Water Reservoir Unearthed in Jerusalem (http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/History/Early+History+-+Archaeology/Water-cistern-6-Sep-2012.htm)

09-13-2012, 02:06 PM
Debt Cancellatin in Mesopotamia and Egypt from 3000 to 1000 BCE (http://www.globalresearch.ca/debt-cancellation-in-mesopotamia-and-egypt-from-3000-to-1000-bc/)

Excavation Reveals Historical Egyptian Presence in Jaffa (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120910082253.htm)

09-24-2012, 04:04 PM
Relief Carvings of Ostriches and Beads Among Artifacts Found in Northern Israel Neolithic Village Site (http://www.timesofisrael.com/beads-etched-ostriches-among-prehistoric-remnants-uncovered-in-northern-israel/)

Expansive Roman Mosaic Found in Southern Turkey (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120918083903.htm)

10-03-2012, 04:51 PM
New Assyrian Site Discovered in Northern Iraq (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/02/241427.html)

Archaeologists Explore Two Mysterious Caves Near Dead Sea (http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/september-2012/article/archaeologists-explore-two-mysterious-caves-near-the-dead-sea)

Exceptionally Large Roman Ceramic Found on Turkish Farm (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-pot-found-in-melon-farm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=31489&NewsCatID=375)

10-03-2012, 06:19 PM

Inspired of your topic I found this article. I have been walking through that tunnel. What a weird feeling to step down into the water in the darkness and first it was deep. I think it was about 500 meters walking with electric torch. Then you should not have the fear of those kind of places where you can not walk always straight of your lenght. But I was glad I did it ending up to Siloah.


10-08-2012, 03:34 PM
Some Mysteries Posed by Classical Era Coins Found in the UAE (http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/heritage/was-ed-dur-ruled-by-a-woman)

On the Pre-Islamic Al-Hijr Site, Saudi Arabia's First UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gT1IixGAjtiTfps5Cs2UBMrP6THg?docId=CNG.5c778 e221ecba920dee09bac3cc17fec.2d1)

Jean M
10-22-2012, 06:38 PM
Big news. Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19964786)

The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics. This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved workers lived on rations close to the starvation level. "I think we are finally on the point of making a breakthrough," says Jacob Dahl, fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and director of the Ancient World Research Cluster. ...

This device ... [is] being used to help decode a writing system called proto-Elamite, used between around 3200BC and 2900BC in a region now in the south west of modern Iran. And the Oxford team think that they could be on the brink of understanding this last great remaining cache of undeciphered texts from the ancient world.

11-05-2012, 03:47 PM
Archaeologists Return to Investigate Ancient Mesopotamian Capital of Karkemish

Egyptian Pendant and Herodian Architectural Fragment Found in Jerusalem Dig

11-15-2012, 03:47 PM
Investigations of a 8500 Year-Old Cold Case: Two Bodies Found Inside a Neolithic Well in Israel

Discoveries at an 11th Century BCE Canaanite or Israelite Temple in a Citadel that Resisted the Philistines

Hittites Ahead of their Time in Dam Building

11-21-2012, 08:03 PM
New Excavations at Petra

Newly Discovered Female Statue from Hellenistic Site in Turkey

12-13-2012, 04:39 AM
Drought May Have Killed the Sumerian Language

Archaeologists Find Hellenistic Port Structures and Remains of Early 19th Century Fleet at Ancient Port of Akko in Israel

Israeli Separation Wall Threatens Ancient Terraces

01-08-2013, 03:45 PM
Ancient Manuscript Reveals Jewish Community Once Thrived in Afghanistan

New Study Reveals Persian/Central Asian Adaptation as Sassanians Failed and the Islamic Caliphate Rose

2000 BCE Tomb in Oman Found

Evidence of Pre-Islamic Christian Kingdom in Yemen

Terrace Farming Unearthed at Desert City of Petra

2750 Year-Old Temple Unearthed in Israel

Archaeological Analysis of Remains from Jerusalem Monastery Reveal Naughty Eating Habits of Byzantine Monks

02-05-2013, 03:07 PM
A New Chapter Opens in the Study of the Assyrian Empire

02-22-2013, 01:18 PM
Ancient Fruit Press Found in Israel

06-21-2013, 05:54 AM
Mysterious Neolithic Basalt Boulder Monument Found Beneath Sea of Galilee

06-28-2013, 03:34 PM
Synagogue Mosaics Uncovered in Israel's Lower Galilee District

2000 Year Old Evidence of the Siege of Jerusalem Uncovered Near Western Wall

07-10-2013, 05:44 PM
Farming Emerged Simultaneously Across the Fertile Crescent

Artifact from Excavations on the Temple Mount Reveals Earliest Discovered Alphabetical Writing in Jerusalem

Fragment of Sphinx Made Under Pharaoh Menkaure Discovered in Israel

Archaeologists Uncover Base of 6th Roman Legion in Galilee

On Wall Decoration in Two Recently Restored Houses in Ephesus

07-15-2013, 07:53 AM
Rare Remains of a 7th Century Islamic Dwelling Unearthed in Qatar

History of 19th Century German Religious Sect the Templers and their Settlement in Palestine

Roman Mosaics Unearthed in Turkey's Amasya Province

Symbolism of Dervish Clothing

On the History of Dogs in the Middle East

07-19-2013, 05:48 PM
11,000 year old sculpture.

"The Urfa Man, believed to be eleven thousand years old, is the oldest known life-sized human sculpture. Discovered in the nineteen-nineties in downtown Urfa, Turkey, it now resides in the Sanliurfa Museum."


07-27-2013, 03:35 PM
Old Arabic Texts Describe Vikings as Good Looking but Filthy
http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2013/07/17/old_arabic_texts_describe_filthy_vikings_106597.ht ml

Another Pillar Belonging to the Agora at Sgalassos Revealed

Ancient Greek Graffiti at Smyrna

Finds from Ottoman Palace Restoration Hint at Historical Food Culture

08-07-2013, 04:25 PM
Mycenaean Era Tombs Found in Turkey

Byzantine Era Refuse Dump Being Excavated at Apollonia-Arsuf

Mideast's Largest Crusader Era Hospital Unveiled

08-15-2013, 01:34 PM
A recent archaeological discovery, up my alley:

An archeological team headed by Dr. Alexander Fantalkin of Tel Aviv university has announced the discovery of one of the largest construction projects in the entire Mediterranean basin: a system of fortifications from the 8th century BCE, as well as coins, weights and parts of buildings from the Hellenistic period, have all been found in the archeological dig Tel Ashdod Yam – where the harbor of the philistine city of Ashdod used to be. The site is about 3 miles south of today’s thriving Israeli city of Ashdod.

Assyrian Period Fortifications Unearthed in Ashdod (http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/assyrian-period-fortifications-unearthed-in-ashdod/2013/08/15/)
The Jewish Press (August 15, 2013)

04-22-2016, 03:14 PM
A mosaic with a motivational message was found in Hatay (Antioch), Turkey. Be cheerful, live your life.

What could be considered an ancient motivational meme which reads “be cheerful, live your life” in ancient Greek has been discovered on a centuries-old mosaic found during excavation works in the southern province of Hatay.

Demet Kara, an archaeologist from the Hatay Archaeology Museum, said the mosaic, which was called the “skeleton mosaic,” belonged to the dining room of a house from the 3rd century B.C., as new findings have been unearthed in the ancient city of Antiocheia.

“There are three scenes on glass mosaics made of black tiles. Two things are very important among the elite class in the Roman period in terms of social activities: The first is the bath and the second is dinner. In the first scene, a black person throws fire. That symbolizes the bath. In the middle scene, there is a sundial and a young clothed man running towards it with a bare-headed butler behind. The sundial is between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. 9 p.m. is the bath time in the Roman period. He has to arrive at supper at 10 p.m. Unless he can, it is not well received. There is writing on the scene that reads he is late for supper and writing about time on the other. In the last scene, there is a reckless skeleton with a drinking pot in his hand along with bread and a wine pot. The writing on it reads ‘be cheerful and live your life,’” Kara explained.

Kara added the mosaic was a unique finding for the country.

“[This is] a unique mosaic in Turkey. There is a similar mosaic in Italy but this one is much more comprehensive. It is important for the fact that it dates back to the 3rd century B.C.,” Kara said.

She also said that Antiocheia was the world’s third largest city in the Roman era, and continued:

“Antiocheia was a very important, rich city. There were mosaic schools and mints in the city. The ancient city of Zeugma in [the southeastern province of] Gaziantep might have been established by people who were trained here. Antiocheia mosaics are world famous.”

HATAY - Anadolu Agency

Jean M
04-22-2016, 09:15 PM
Archaeologists in Kurdistan (Iran) have uncovered remains of a village, probably settled during sixth millennia BCE, located in the Sanandaj area.

Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization Research House public relations office said that Mr. Amir Saed Moucheshi, the head of expedition, and his team members had carried out investigations in Sarcham site and they found the remains of a settlement dating back to Chalcolithic age. "The exploration uncovered pottery, stone tools, animal bones, and architectural structures in the site; the earthenware shows crimson paintings and embossed shapes and other basic geometric designs, and possibly belong to Dalma ceramic tradition and a few others to She-Gabi Tepe pottery design," Moucheshi said.

According to the head of expedition, before the exploration, settled regions in Uraman of Mesolithic and Chalcolithic periods; "This is the oldest village uncovered in the region; explorations would provide valuable information as to the lifestyle, cultural traditions, and modes of communication of ancient people of the region; the site also reveals remains of settlement during Iron Age," he detailed. "The current dig is part of larger scale of archeological excavations led by Dr. Fereidoun Beiglari in the Valley of Sirvan River; during a year of explorations, different sites belonging to Paleolithic, aneolithic, Iron Age, and Islamic period have been uncovered," Moucheshi concluded.