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Ancient Soapery Uncovered in Negev Town

in Tourism & Nature

While excavating to create a new southern city, a traditional soapery was uncovered in Rahat, a town deep in the Negev desert. The Israel Antiquities Authority clocked it from 1,200 years ago from the Islamic period when soap used to be made in the most traditional sense. Back then, saltwort ashes were mixed with olive…

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300 Israeli Artists Give Modern Twist to Ancient Exhibits

in Life, Culture & Sports

Plastic jugs of liquid cleaner sit in the same display as handcrafted mold-blown glass bottles from the 10th century. A 3D printer attempts to capture the beauty of an ancient golden artifact. A hand-carved wooden panda bear sits beside a gang of mummies, on a ventilator machine. These are just a few of the creative…

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Confirmed Cousins, Jews and Arabs Genetically and Anciently Linked

in Life, Culture & Sports

In a recent international study, experts analyzed almost one hundred of said Canaanites skeletons, and found a “deep genetic connection of many Jewish groups today across the Diaspora and many Arab groups to this part of the world thousands of years ago,” says David Reich, a top expert in ancient DNA and a Harvard University…

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The 2,000-Year-Old Judean Date is Back

in Health & Science/Tourism & Nature

An array of Judean date seeds, grown about 2,000 years ago, have been fertilized and nine months later, are beginning to sprout. Out of 32 date seeds, 6 have blossomed to make up their own modern-day tribe of Judean dates. Elaine Solowey, the Director of Sustainable Agriculture of the Arava Institute, who is leading the…

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Prehistoric Temple Found During Roadwork

in Economy & Innovation

The advantage of living in a history-rich land is that a new road can lead to an ancient discovery, though it’s also likely why roadwork takes years in Israel. In the most recent archaeological discovery, a 5,000 year-old city was uncovered in the northern spot, En Esur. Full pathways and stone walls were discovered, and…

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