Archeology in Israel is varied with a plethora of opportunities. If you’re looking for things to do in Israel, think archeological sites. Discover ancient Israel through archeology. It is a fun to way to vacation in Israel.
Even though Israel has always been a major connecting point between lands to the north and the south, in regards to the political, physical and spiritual realms, archeology in Israel didn’t begin in ernest until the 15th century.
With a bounty of evidence left behind, we can get a peek into the lives of the families who dug the soil to plant and harvest. We can reconstruct shards of pottery to have a look at common, everyday vessels; get an idea about how they did business by examining the coins they traded with; see their tastes in flooring as we marvel at the beautifully intricate mosaics; imagine and learn how they could have built those sturdy stone walls still standing these thousands of years later.
The city of Jerusalem alone has many archeological sites to visit:
Each one of these sites are a fascinating glimpse of life thousands of years ago, and more is being discovered all the time.
Israel is an open book when it comes to sharing her history. From Tel Dan in the north near Mount Hermon to discoveries of Byzantine Churches in the Negev, there are many archeological sites in Israel to explore.
Journey from the coastal sites of Joppa and Caesarea past the Carmel Caves near Haifa to the City of David in Jerusalem.
Descend to the lowest place on earth to take in Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, then ascend another mountain as you hike the Snake Path to the top of Masada. Or take the tram for a comfortable but spectacular perspective of the Dead Sea and surrounding valley.
Shiloh is another archeological site in Israel, located just north of Jerusalem in the Hills of Samaria, Ephraimite territory. This is where the tabernacle stood for more than 300 years. Look down at your feet as you walk the paths to see thousands of pottery shards.
On one of our trips we discovered The Temple Mount Sifting Project, an archeological site in Israel dedicated to the discovery of ancient artifacts taken from the Temple Mount. Architectural elements, pottery shards, coins, jewelry, and more antiquities have been found over the years.
There are archeological sites throughout Israel that accept volunteers. Experience is usually not necessary but the work involved can be pretty physical, i.e. digging, shoveling, hauling and cleaning, in all types of weather.
Volunteers are also responsible for making their own travel arrangements and lodging can range from sleeping bags in the field to nearby hotels. Some expeditions charge for room and board and each one is different.
If time and energy allow, participating in an archeology dig is one of the most exciting experiences to be had and one of the best things to do in Israel. It allows for a uniquely personal perspective of this beautiful land.
Even if participating is not in your plan, visiting any archeology site in Israel is a must. Her history and story lies deep in the dirt and is the essence of this amazing land.