by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Israel is extraordinarily rich in archaeological finds, and numerous important discoveries have been made in the last year alone. The Algemeiner news outlet has compiled a detailed list of the top 10 archaeological discoveries made since June 2021, a summary of which appears below.
Mosaic Showing Deborah and Yael Defeating Canaanite King Sisera
This piece of artwork was discovered at a 5th-century synagogue in the Galilean town of Huqoq and portrays the Biblical account of the defeat of the Canaanite king Sisera at the hands of Deborah, Barak, and Yael.
Remains of a Medieval Mosque Found in the Northern Negev Desert
Archaeologists in the Negev Bedouin city of Rahat uncovered a Byzantine-era farmhouse near a group of buildings that included a mosque.
Part of a 2,000-Year-Old Hasmonean Aqueduct in Southern Jerusalem
The 40-meter-long segment of a 21-kilometer Hasmonean aqueduct was excavated in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanetziv neighborhood. The aqueduct was used to bring water from Solomon’s Pools area near Bethlehem to the Temple Mount.
5,000-Year-Old Jug From the Qumran Region
This jug was discovered in a cave containing ancient Jewish artifacts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Remains of a First Temple-Era Wall in the City of David
This discovery is part of a defensive wall along the eastern slope of the City of David in Jerusalem’s Old City
Evidence of Beer Production in Ancient Land of Israel
Two 7,000-year-old clay strainers believed to have been used to make beer thousands of years ago were discovered respectively in the upper Galilee and in the Jordan valley.
2,000-year-old Coin Which May Have Been Minted on the Temple Mount
A young Israeli girl found a 2,000-year-old silver coin at the City of David national park in Jerusalem: the coin has the words “second year” on one side, and the words “Holy Jerusalem” written in ancient Hebrew on the other.
Dig Reveals 2,000-year-old Religious Home
Israeli archaeologists digging at the historic site of Yavne uncovered a home containing vessels used in purifying rituals.
Clay Fragment May Reference Biblical Judge Gideon
A piece of a clay jug found in the Judean foothills in 2019 was just recently discovered to have the Hebrew name “Yeruba’al” engraved on it. “Yeruba’al” is a nickname for Gideon, whose story is found in the Bible’s Book of Judges.
Evidence of Biblical Earthquake in Jerusalem
The remnants of an 8th century BC structure apparently destroyed in a natural occurrence reportedly confirm that the earthquake referenced in the Biblical books of Amos, Isaiah, and Zechariah happened.
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