Archaeologists discovered traces of an ancient Jewish settlement at the site of the abandoned military training base at Beit El in Samaria, East Israel. The site dates back to Iron Age, and was occupied in the Persian, Hellenistic and Hasmonean periods until the Roman Era.
Archaeologists excavating the Machaerus fortress in Jordan, built by king Herod at a top of a steep hill south of Madaba, unearthed the remains of a royal ceremonial bathhouse, being the biggest of its kind ever found in Jordan.
During routine conservation work in the museum’s archaeological garden, in the courtyard of Jerusalem’s Tower of David, outside the Old City’s walls, archaeologists discovered a bronze coin used during the days of King Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175-164/3 BC).
The hoard of silver coins dating to the Hasmonean period (126 BCE) were discovered during excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority near Modi‘in. The treasure was hidden in a rock crevice, up against a wall of an impressive agricultural estate that was discovered during the excavation there.