A church in Washington State is debating whether or not to remove a swastika image put on the floor of its sanctuary before the Second World War.
Longview Community Church's sanctuary was constructed during the 1920s, before the swastika garnered its malevolent reputation as a symbol of Nazism.
The San Francisco Gate reported Sunday that the congregation of Longview Community is not of one mind about what to do, if anything, about the imagery. more >>
French and Syrian archaeologists have collaborated to have some of Syria's most revered historical sites uploaded online as 3D images after the country's history has been threatened by the Islamic State terror group.
The project, known as the Million Images Database, is the result of collaboration between the French imaging company Iconem and the Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM).
Along with 3D replicas of famous historical sites, such as the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus and the famous Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, archaeologists will also be sharing important artifacts and museum treasures online as a way of preserving Syria's history. more >>
Israeli archaeologists have discovered two "rare" seals dating back to the First Temple period in what is now a parking lot in Jerusalem.
The two seals were found in the Giv'ati parking lot in Jerusalem's City of David earlier this month, the Israel Antiquities Authority has confirmed.
What makes the two seals so rare is their date from the First Temple era, as well as the fact that one of the seals belonged to a woman named Elihana bat Gael. more >>
Archaeologists have confirmed the discovery of a 4,200-year-old necropolis dating back to pre-historic times in Bethlehem.
A team of Palestinian and Italian archaeologists recently uncovered the large cemetery, complete with over 100 tombs dating back to 2200 BCE to 650 BCE, at the site of Khalet al-Jam'a, located near Bethlehem.
While many of the tombs have been destroyed by looters, excavators say the discovery confirms there was a Canaanite town near Bethlehem that served as an important stop along a popular trade route. more >>
A 7-year-old Israeli boy discovered a rare Canaanite figurine dating back 3,400 years, archaeologists have confirmed.
The clay figurine, resembling a naked woman in standing position, was discovered by the young boy as he hiked in Tel Rehov in northeastern Israel last week. The artifact was fashioned out of wet clay using a mold, archaeologists said.
After discovering the artifact, the boy returned home and showed it to his mother, who turned it over to the Israel Antiquities Authority. more >>
Archaeologists in Israel are "astonished and surprised" after finding artifacts dating back to Jesus' time at a local orphanage and military complex in Jerusalem.
The Israel Antiquities Authority said this week that it has found numerous rare and important artifacts, some dating back to the Second Temple period, buried deep beneath the Schneller compound in Jerusalem, which had previously served as a orphanage and later an Israeli army base.
The Schneller compound first served as an orphanage in the 1800's, and then as an occupation area for German soldiers during World Wars I and II. It later became a base for the Israel Defense Forces. more >>