It’s been awhile since our last post, so let’s dive right into it!

Ancient Wheat

Archaeologists at Hatzor, the biblical gateway to northern Israel, have found 14 large pithoi (clay barrels) filled with burnt wheat. The kernels are off to the laboratory for analysis while the site is covered up until next season.

Hellenistic Military Harbour at Acco

The diggers followed a clue unearthed in 2009 – dressed paving stones cut in the Phoenecian style – to the discovery of the Hellenistic Era military harbour at Acco, the largest and most important in the country at the time. The excavators base their claim on the fact that many of the stones contain shafts drilled into them, which wer likely used as mooring points. Clay vessels originating from mediterranean islands were also found, along with other internationally shipped products.

Bar Kokhva Era Gold Horde Discovered in Gat

Around 140 silver coins as well as gold jewelery was discovered last month near Kiryat Gat. The coins were stamped with 1880-year-old imperial imagery. Judean rebels would re-stamp the coins with Judean symbols.