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New Archaeological Digs in Israel

Icon November 11, 2022
Icon By Shai Navon
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You cannot beat Israel’s combination of holy sites, breathtaking scenery, fantastic cuisine, vibrant culture, and – ancient archeological sites.

Israel is home to some of the most incredible archeological findings ever. This is hardly a surprise, considering its unparalleled remarkable history: empire after empire made this land their own, and two of the three monotheistic religions emanated from it. Here is where Jesus Christ was born.

Thankfully, scientific innovation has propelled archeology in recent years, spurring fantastic discoveries about the history of the Holy Land. Whenever we think that researchers have already found out everything they can about this special land, a new and stunning discovery blows us away. The pace of new discoveries is so quick that even people who visited Israel five years ago would have new and exciting archeological sites to explore during their next visit.

American Tourist Stumbles on Astonishing Discovery

In February 2022, American tourist Robbie Brown found a 5,000-year-old perfectly preserved ancient jug in the Judean desert. It was the first complete jug unearthed in this area from such a distant past!

Mr. Brown had to independently climb with a friend 328 feet into a cave to make this discovery but looking for archeological findings doesn’t have to require extreme physical capabilities. The Israeli Tourism Ministry has recently decided to promote the participation of American Christian tourists in local excavations! Undoubtedly, if you can add hands-on involvement in archeological digs to your pilgrimage, that would make the whole experience even more magical.

The Earth’s Magnetic Field Supports the Bible

Recently, a new scientific technique based on information from the earth’s ever-changing magnetic field authenticated wars recorded in the Bible. The Bible and other historical records tell us of wars and battles fought against the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and other neighbors. This new technique solidifies the dating of specific battles registered in the Bible between 800 BC and 400 BC, including the burning of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC.

It turns out that the destruction of cities left an energetic mark due to extreme heat produced by fire, so scientists were able to compare a series of battles documented in the Bible as occurring in the same period and see that the science bears it as well.

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The Largest Wine Factory in the Roman World

In 2021, Israeli archeologists uncovered the largest Roman wine factory near the city of Yavneh. Archeologists found that this ancient town has been producing wine all the way from Persian times to the days of the Christian Eastern Roman Empire, also known as the Byzantine Empire. This means that Yavneh has been a standard of quality in the ancient world for about a thousand years, from 500 BC to 500 AD.

This Roman mega-complex was the empire’s crown jewel of wine-making, producing more than 500,000 gallons of wine annually and exporting it all over the Mediterranean for the enjoyment of countless Christians throughout the Roman world. And to top it off, this facility has been preserved amazingly well.

Famous Swiss Pilgrim Leaves Graffiti on David’s Tomb

Swiss national hero Knight Adrian von Bubenburg left his mark during his pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1486. Literally. He inscribed his name and emblem on the wall of David’s tomb, right after being honored as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.

While leaving graffiti on archeological sites is definitely illegal (and uncool) today, this inscription, together with more than 40 others, in different languages and with accompanying emblems, is a testament to the history of Christian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Visit the Holy Land and, who knows, you may just be the one who stumbles upon the latest dazzling archeological discovery!

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