Ancient Gate-Shrine Discovered Supports Biblical Story of Temple Desecration – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr (VIDEO)

Archaeologists have discovered a rare gate-shrine from the 8th century BCE at the Tel Lachish National Park in Israel. Signs of desecration have been identified at the site – evidence that gives creedence to Biblical accounts of strict religious reforms taking place at the time, according to researchers.

The team, from the Israel Antiquities Authority, made this very unusual find while conducting excavation works between January and March which aimed to further develop the Tel Lachish site and learn more.

The northern part of the ancient Lachish city gate had first been unearthed decades ago by a joint British and Israeli expedition, and one of the focus of these new excavations was to pursue this work.

The archaeologists succeeded in completely exposing the gate – which formed a square of 24.5 by 24.5m and reached a preserved height of 4 m. This makes it the largest one known in the country from the First Temple period.

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Source: Ancient gate-shrine at Tel Lachish National Park supports Biblical story of temple desecration

Militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi gets 9 years for war crimes – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr 

The International Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced Islamic militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi to nine years of imprisonment for destroying ancient shrines in Mali.

Mahdi, believed to be a member of al Qaeda affiliateAnsar Dine in Mali, pleaded guilty to war crimes for destroying religious and historic monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu.
The trial was a landmark one at The Hague, marking the first time the International Criminal Court tried cultural destruction as a war crime.
The court found Mahdi supervised the destruction of 10 of the most important historical sites at the UNESCO World Heritage site and participated in attacks on at least five.

Source: Timbuktu destruction: Militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi gets 9 years for war crimes – CNN.com

Found Ancient Synagogue Predating Second Temple Ruin – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

Ancient frescoes also found in two discoveries that undermine claims of devastation following Jews’ Great Revolt against Romans.

Two archaeological discoveries made in the Galilee over the summer tell a story that differs from the standard description of the devastation in the country following the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans.

Excavations by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at Zippori have revealed frescoes with human and animal images from about 1,800 years ago – a rare find for that time in the land of Israel.

And in Nahal Tabor in the Eastern Galilee an archaeological expedition from Kinneret College has uncovered a Second Temple-era synagogue predating the destruction of the Temple – the first to be discovered in a rural rather than an urban setting.

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Source: Archaeologists in Israel Find Ancient Synagogue Predating Second Temple Ruin – Archaeology – Haaretz – Israel News Haaretz.com

 2,600-year-old Celtic Princess Found – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

The princess had remained in her final resting place, surrounded by gold and amber jewelry since about 609BC.

German archaeologists discovered a Celtic grave in 2011 in the Danube heartland, where they found the remains of a Celtic princess, from 2,600 years ago, buried with her gold and amber jewelry.

The princess had remained in her final resting place since about 609BC. German experts began to dig out the 80 tonnes of clay covering the grave to remove it bring it their offices where it could be examined.

Experts believe that the manner that she was buried, with expensive jewels, shows that she was of a high social rank. The brooches found are particularly beautiful with Celtic designs in gold and amber. According to BBC reports the remains of a child were also found in the grave. The child is presumed to be the princess.

 

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Source: Archaeologists found a 2,600-year-old Celtic Princess in Germany | IrishCentral.com

6,000-Year-Old ‘Wand’ Discovered In Cave- Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

A nondescript cave in Israel was the location of a major discovery recently: a lead and wood artifact believed to be the earliest example of smelted lead in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

The object, which looks like a wand or small dagger, was found attached to an intact wooden shaft during a field survey at Ashalim Cave led by Naama Yahalom-Mack, a postdoctoral student from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Findings were published in the scientific journal Plos One.

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Source: 6,000-year-old ‘wand’ discovered in cave | From the Grapevine

Pan’s Lair Discovered? ? Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

See the newly-uncovered gateway that may be a clue to an ancient Greek god.

Researchers at the University of Haifa just uncovered a Roman gateway in Israel’s Sussita National Park near the Sea of Galilee. What’s so special about this discovery? It’s all about location. Last year, archaeologists found a 2,000-year-old bronze mask of Pan, a rustic Greek god, on the same site.

“Now that the whole gate has been exposed, we not only have better information for dating the mask, but also a clue to its function,” said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, the head of the expedition. “Are we looking at a gate that led to the sanctuary of the god Pan or one of the rustic gods?”

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Source: Have archaeologists discovered Pan’s lair? | From the Grapevine