'Atiqot, the leading journal of the Israel Antiquities Authority, is now available online (www.atiqot.org.il). Articles published in 'Atiqot are the result of the numerous salvage excavations conducted each year on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, which are frequently surprising in their importance, filling in gaps that could not be understood by the localized studies of the renowned tells. The journal thus represents the most encompassing research on the region and its connections with the neighboring countries.
The online edition of 'Atiqot is published for the convenience of researchers and archaeology lovers worldwide, enabling easy access to the extensive and important data it contains. Articles are published in English or in Hebrew; those in Hebrew are followed by an abstract in English. The articles are available free of charge; registration is required. The website’s homepage opens to the table of contents of the most recently published volume. The titles of the article, with the name(s) of the author(s) and keywords, appear in chronological order. A click on the title of the article opens a window showing an abstract of the article, at the bottom of which are the options of sending an automatic email link to the article and opening a PDF file of the article. The vast data published in the journal can now be retrieved by a simple search, according to periods, subjects, site names, excavators’ names, etc.
The first volume published of the online edition (‘Atiqot 64) is dedicated to the surveys and excavations along the Cross-Israel Highway, performed during the laying of the infrastructure for the largest public works effort in the history of the State of Israel. For the first time, results from BOTH surveys and excavations are presented, and the relationship between the two methodologies could be analyzed. Final excavation reports of several of the sites are presented as well.
The Israel Antiquities Authority believes that the online edition, along with the printed journal, will be a breakthrough in the archaeological research of Israel, and that it will stand out prominently among the online journals in the field of archaeology and its related disciplines, published by other research institutes in the country and overseas.
The online edition of 'Atiqot is another major milestone in the documentation of archaeological research in Israel, and it joins the online journal Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel and the Israel Archaeological Survey site, which are also published by the Israel Antiquities Authority.