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Scientific Archaeology

A charred basket pattern on a jar from the time of the 586 BCE Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem (Photo: Johanna Regev)

Weizmann Institute researchers establish absolute chronology for Kingdom of Judah’s Jerusalem

Flint tools found at the Evron Quarry. Photo: Zane Stepka

Using advanced AI techniques, the researchers discover one of the earliest pieces of evidence for the use of fire

The “Bomb Peak” May Realign Date of an Ancient Volcanic Event

Weizmann scientists resolve a controversy surrounding an ancient olive branch 

 Ancient Hominins Used Fire to Make Stone Tools

A study of these tools suggests skilled control over heating flint to produce different forms

Wilson's Arch

Analyzing a handful of charred seeds reveals the ancient builder of an iconic structure in the Western Wall Tunnels 

Wild faba

Seeds from a site in Northern Israel are the ancestors of today's fava beans

Manot skull
The precise dating of ancient charcoal found near a skull is helping reveal a unique period in prehistory
Photograph of the cave during excavation; arrow pointing to the hearth.

Microscopic evidence revealed in Weizmann Institute labs shows repeated fire use in the spot over time

(left) Field photograph of two skeletons (adult on left, adolescent on right) during excavation. Photo: E. Gerstein, Haifa University (right) Reconstruction of the double burial at the time of inhumation. The bright veneer inside the grave on the right is partially covered by green plants

Radiocarbon dating at the Weizmann Institute determines the age of flowery graves.  A new accelerator will help solve long-standing...

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