(This list is subjective, and based on news reports rather than peer-reviewed articles in scientific publications.) An Israeli boy enjoying a picnic with his family in mid-November at the ruins of the biblical city of Beit Shemesh found what appeared to be the small head of a statue and showed it to an Israeli tour guide.
The guide encouraged the boy to take the find to the Israel Antiquities Authority, which he did.
They determined it was the head of a fertility goddess, probably Asherah, dating to the 8th century B. The 2015 excavation of a Byzantine synagogue at Horvat Kur, overlooking the Sea of Galilee, revealed a mosaic depicting a menorah with a unique oil lamp design.
This project is one of several synagogues being excavated near the epicenter of Jesus’ ministry, providing new insights into worship communities in the centuries after Jesus.
This is not the same Eshba’al who is referenced in 1 Chronicles , a son of King Saul, but that's the only other mention of the name in ancient records, both from the identical era.