Archaeological Sites in Israel-Introduction
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Archaeological Sites in Israel-Introduction

11/18/2003

 ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES NO. 1
 INTRO | DAN | ROMAN BOAT | ZIPPORI | MARTYRIUS | CITY OF DAVID |  BENEDICTION | WESTERN WALL | HOLY SEPULCHER | BE'ER SHEVA | EILAT
 
     
Archaeological Sites in Israel
by Hillel Geva

Introduction

 
 
Portrait of an unidentified lady, from a mosaic floor in Zippori
  Archeology provides a valuable link between Israel's past and present. Thousands of sites have been excavated throughout the country, providing an opportunity to study its rich history and shedding light on the culture, society and daily life of its inhabitants throughout the centuries.

Jewish history begins with the patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - some 4,000 years ago. Many finds attest to the long connection of the Jewish people with the Land of Israel and highlight the biblical narrative. Excavations have also revealed remains of other civilizations which have left their imprint on the country.

Archeological Sites in Israel, No. 1, is the first in a series, describing discoveries at selected archeological sites, accompanied by historical notes. The sites were chosen for features of interest rather than for scientific importance and are arranged in geographical order from north to south. It is our intention to provide the interested layperson with an insight into the ongoing study of the past that is carried out in Israel, and it is our hope that this will prove an enriching reading experience.

 
 
Contents

  1. Dan: The Biblical City
  2. The Roman Boat from the Sea of Galilee
  3. Zippori: The Ornament of all Galilee
  4. The Monastery of Martyrius
  5. Jerusalem: The City of David
  6. Jerusalem: Silver Plaques inscribed with the Biblical Priestly Benediction
  7. Jerusalem: The Western Wall and its Tunnels
  8. Jerusalem: The Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  9. Be'er Sheva: The Southern Border of the Kingdom of Judah
  10. The Eilat Region: The Southern Gateway

  11. Cumulative table of contents

     
          Israel Information Center, Jerusalem
    September 1997
    No. 1

    Hillel Geva studied archeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, participated in excavations in the Jewish Quarter and the Citadel in Jerusalem, and is author of the entry: "Jerusalem" in the New Encyclopedia of Archeological Excavations in the Holy Land and editor of Ancient Jerusalem Revealed.


    Photographs courtesy of:

    ARIEL - The Israel Review of Arts and Letters
    U. Avner
    City of David Archeological Expedition
    Institute of Archeology, Hebrew University (G. Laron)
    Institute of Archeology, Tel Aviv University
    Y. Magen, Israel Antiquities Authority
    Z. Meshel
    Tel Dan Excavations, Hebrew Union College
    Yad Itzhak Ben-Zvi (S. Uziely)
    Yigal Allon Museum, Kibbutz Ginosar (S. Zisso)
    Z. Radovan
    Duby Tal and Moni Haramati - Albatross

     
     
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