Polish archaeologists continue work in Palmyra, the ancient city in Syria that was recently freed from ISIS forces’ occupation. A short visit of the experts from Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of University of Warsaw focused on securing artefacts for transport and gathering pieces of shattered sculptures and wall decorations.
Divers discovered in the port of ancient Caesarea (modern Israel) a cargo of a merchant ship that sank there during the Late Roman period, about 1,600 years ago. Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted research at the site and found numerous objects such as iron anchors, remains of wooden anchors and items that were used in the construction and running of the sailing vessel.
An interior cooling system of a house, dated to 7th-9th century has been found by Slovak archaeologists during excavations at the al-Kusur settlement on the Failaka Island in the Persian Gulf (Kuwait). Archaeologists from the Archaeological Instituteof the Slovak Academy of Sciences studied and documented the largest inhabitable settlement building at the site.
A 2,000-year-old tablet was uncovered in the Beyşehir district of the Central Anatolian province of Konya (Turkey). Being part of the Lukuyanus Monument, the tablet was apparently built to honour a jockey named Lukuyanus, who died at an early age in the Pisidian era. The discovery was made on the site of an ancient hippodrome.
Archaeologists in Jerusalem (Israel) have unearthed ruins of a fortress built 2000 years ago by Greeks. The ruins form relics of the Hellenistic Period of the region. The citadel, until now known only from texts, was at the heart of a bloody rebellion that eventually led to the expulsion of the Greeks.
During a recent conference on “The Presence of Polish Archaeologists in Near East” Syrian officials of the Department of Antiquity invited archaeologists from Institute of Archaeology at University of Warsaw to come to the ancient city of Palmyra which has been recently freed from occupation of the Islamic State troops.
An ancient burial site has been uncovered near a construction site in Al Qurayyah, about 14 kilometres north of Fujairah city, (United Arab Emirates).
In Iraqi, Syria and Libya, ISIS has systematically destroyed more than 30 major historic churches, mosques and tombs – some of which date as far back as the seventh century.
Excavations in the Byzantine basilica at Khibet Bureikut site in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem (Israel) revealed a colourful mosaic and various archaeological artefacts.
The 500-year-old wreckage of Portuguese ship piloted by an uncle of explorer Vasco da Gama has been found off the coast of Oman.
A collection of bronze weapons that were symbolic and possessed no utilitarian function were found in Oman. The finds are dated to the Iron Age II (900-600 BC).
An ancient personal seal was discovered in Jerusalem. I bears the Hebrew names Elihana bat Gael and Sa’aryahu ben Shabenyahu.
The excavations at the Canaanite palace at tel Kabri revealed numerous rooms filled with jars under the collapsed walls and roof. The palace is dated back to Middle Bronze Age (around 1950-1550 BCE).
Excavations in Northern Jerusalem exposed two houses with well-preserved remains and floors containing pottery vessels, flint tools and a basalt bowl.
A 3500-year-old Egyptian seal was discovered by a hiker. The accidental discovery was made in the hills of Lower Galilee in northern Israel.
A Roman-Byzantine grave was unearthed in Istanbul in the Istiklal Avenue.
The remains of a 3400 year old citadel were recently discovered during archaeological excavation at a site on Balfour Street in Nahariya, Northern Israel.
Exavations at sites across Sharjah region in the United Arab Emirates, including Mleiha, Al Faya, Wadi Al Hilo, Tell Abraq and Dibba Al Hisn, revealed numerous discoveries dating from 500’000 BC onward.
Excavations at the site of the ancient city of Tarsus in present day Mersin (Turkey) unearthed an ancient road, built with basalt blocks using the polygonal technique.
Excavations in Rosh Ha’ayin (Central Israel) unearthed rare and well-preserved remains of a 2700-year-old farmhouse and 1500-year-old church.