Archaeology News

Was there a “Start Up Nation” in Ancient Canaan?

A new Tel Aviv University (TAU) study has determined that, thanks to advanced management methods and impressive technological creativity, the Arava Valley’s copper industry managed to thrive and become the largest and most advanced smelting center in the ancient world about three thousand years ago. The study was conducted by graduate student David Luria of… Read More

TAU study tracks development of early humans’ hunting practices

A groundbreaking study by researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) tracks the development of early humans’ hunting practices over the last 1.5 million years as reflected in the animals they hunted and consumed. The researchers claim that at any given time early humans preferred to hunt the largest animals available in their surroundings, which provided… Read More

Burnt archaeological flints reveal fluctuations in Earth’s magnetic field

International research by Tel Aviv University (TAU), the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia in Rome, and the University of California San Diego has uncovered findings regarding the magnetic field that prevailed in the Middle East between approximately 10,000 and 8,000 years ago. Researchers examined pottery and burnt flints from archaeological sites in Jordan, on… Read More

Excavation reveals previously unknown early human species group

Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have identified a new type of early human group at the Nesher Ramla excavation site, dated to 140,000 to 120,000 years ago. According to the researchers, the morphology of the Nesher Ramla group shares features with both Neanderthals (especially the teeth and jaws)… Read More

6,500-year-old copper workshop uncovered in the Negev Desert’s Beer Sheva

A new study by Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority indicates that a workshop for smelting copper ore once operated in the Neveh Noy neighborhood of Beer Sheva, the capital of the Negev Desert. The study, conducted over several years, began in 2017 in Beer Sheva when the workshop was first uncovered during… Read More

TAU study confirms widespread literacy in biblical-period kingdom of Judah

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have analyzed 18 ancient texts dating back to around 600 BCE from the Tel Arad military post using state-of-the-art image processing, machine learning technologies, and the expertise of a senior handwriting examiner. They have concluded that the texts were written by no fewer than 12 authors, suggesting that many… Read More