September 16th 2016
As one of the oldest civilizations known to mankind, it’s not surprising that overturning nearly any rock in Israel will yield fascinating finds. From fresco fragments at the Tzipori National Park to the actual royal seal of King Hezekiah, Israel is a hot spot for archeological discoveries. If you marvel at the wonders of history being recreated through the fragments and pieces of life that were left behind, then check out these exciting archeological sites that will fill you with wonder.
Archeological Wonders at Khirbet Qeiyafa
Khirbet Qeiyafa houses the thousands of years old remains of an ancient city that once flourished just above the Elah Valley, just outside Beit Shemesh. Discovered in 2007 by Professor Garfinkle, these ruins represent a significant find in terms of historical accuracy. Many fascinating items were found including a 700-foot stone wall that used to surround the city, obvious town-planned layout, hundreds of jars, and various Canaanite inscriptions. Because of the massive protection, some believe the site to have been a fortress, while others hold that it was actually the Biblical city of Shaarayim and housed King David’s castle.
Of course, Khirbet Kayafa is not the only archeological wonder to be discovered in Israel today. The Israel Museum holds some of the most fascinating artifacts from different time periods throughout history. Actually relive the daily rituals of people from thousands of years ago by perusing these excavated items that speak volumes about their day to day activities.
See artifacts from the various periods of history including the Canaanites, Philistines, Assyrians and Romans not to mention artifacts from the Second Temple period. Explorers will also appreciate seeing items such as the Bar Kochva coins, Birkat Kohanim amulets, and symbols of ancient Greek gods.
Tel Dor is an excavation site on the Mediterranean coast that has been relaunched in 2003 by Ilan Sharon and Ayelet Gilboa of Hebrew and Haifa Universities. They have made significant discoveries that trace back from the Bronze Age and through the Crusaders. Discoveries that are on display include jugs and other earthenware from the various time periods, busts from Egyptian gods, and most recently, an Egyptian scarab seal spotted by an amateur birdwatcher. Learn more about this interesting dig site here.
And that’s literally just scratching the surface. You can navigate the many archeological sites solo or contact a tour guide to make the most of your travels through history on your next trip to Israel.