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The Holy Land: 7 Amazing Archaeological Finds

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    A view of the Dome of the Rock and Western Wall in Jerusalem
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    CREDIT: SeanPavonePhoto | Shutterstock Western Wall in Jerusalem
    A view of the Dome of the Rock and Western Wall in Jerusalem
  • Ketef Hinnom silver amulets

    The scrolls found in Ketef Hinom, as displayed in the Israel Museum
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    CREDIT: Bachrach44, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license Ketef Hinom Scrolls
    The scrolls found in Ketef Hinom, as displayed in the Israel Museum
  • Khirbet Qeiyafa

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    CREDIT: Sky View, courtesy of the Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority David Palace
    This aerial picture shows David's palace and the Byzantine farmhouse that was build on top of it.
  • Massive 'Sea of Galilee' Structure

    Sea of Galilee, monumental structure, mysterious structure
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    CREDIT: Shmuel Marco Sonar survey
    The circular structure was first detected in a sonar survey of part of the sea in the summer of 2003.
  • Sea of Galilee boat

    The Sea of Galilee boat is the most famous artifact that we can now associate with this newly discovered town.
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    CREDIT: Photo by Berthold Werner, released into public domain, courtesy Wikimedia Sea of Galilee Boat
    The Sea of Galilee boat is the most famous artifact that we can now associate with this newly discovered town. It dates back to either the first century B.C. or A.D. Although the boat was uncovered in 1986 the discovery of the town means we now know it was found on the ancient town's shoreline.
  • Dead Sea Scrolls

    digitized image of the Dead Sea Scroll called the Temple Scroll
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    CREDIT: Israel Museum Dead Sea Scroll
    The Temple Scroll consists of 18 sheets of parchment, each of which has three or four columns of text; the lengthy scroll, spanning 26.74 feet (8.15 meters) and considered the largest scroll ever discovered in the Qumran caves, is now digitized online with English translations.
  • Masada Fortress

    Birdseye view of Masada fortress, Israel
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    CREDIT: Meoita | Shutterstock Masada fortress
    Birdseye view of Masada fortress, Israel
  • Madaba Map

    Fragment of the oldest floor mosaic map of the Holy Land
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    CREDIT: WitR | Shutterstock Madaba map
    Fragment of the oldest floor mosaic map of the Holy Land

The "Holy Land" refers to modern-day Israel, the Palestinian Territories and, by some definitions, areas close to them. This part of the world is of great religious importance for Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In this gallery LiveScience takes a look at seven amazing archaeological discoveries made in the region, some very recently. The finds date from the Early Bronze Age (more than 4,000 years ago) up to the time the Byzantine Empire controlled the Holy Land, about 1,500 years ago.

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