A small stone seal dating to the latter part of the First Temple period (8th to 6th centuries B.C.) has been found in Jerusalem bearing the inscription "Belonging to Matanyahu Ben Ho . . ."—with the last portion missing.
A complex of buildings set up for religious worship, but without human or animal images, has been found at Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Valley of Elah, not far from the location of the ancient Philistine city of Gath.
Almost 10 years have passed since the world of archaeology was stunned by the announcement of the discovery in Israel of a limestone burial box for bones inscribed in Aramaic with the words "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."
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