The Past Week

August 4-8, 2019

This week we continued to enjoy the company of numerous teenagers - girls and boys - who woke up early every morning and joined long days of work and a true experience of archaeology. They are all excellent workers, highly praised by the excavation directors.

The excavations take place throughout the country: ‘En Esur (Asawir), Jerusalem, Ein Shichor (at the north) and Rahat (in the south).

About 10 Circassian boys from Kfar Kama dug this week at a site very close to their home - Khan al-Tawjar. Their participation is unusual since with the wages they earn, they will fund (at least partially) their roots journey to the Caucasus. The boys themselves managed the excavation site, experienced with drawing, measuring, documentation and all stages of the excavation.

Kibbutz Shamrat held an activity on the aqueduct that passes through the kibbutz as part of the “Adopt a Site” project, during which kibbutz members will adopt the ancient aqueduct.

Teens from Canada and Israel joined a special project in the ancient settlement of Horbat Rimon. The teens arrived with the assistance of the Jewish Agency Partnership between Montreal and Bnei Shimon-Beer Sheva, for a day activity that included tours, workshops and most of the maintenance work at the early synagogue in Horbat Rimon. The site and its environment were cleaned up.

Preserving winepress? What it means? The Conservation Administration and the Educational Center in the South have embarked on a joint program with the Neta community in the Lachish Regional Council. Next to the settlement is Horbat Bnayia, and it was decided to carry out conservation work and educational activities in it with the community's youth. Girls and boys came to work with the IAA Conservation Team. They cleaned the winepress, broke down an access path and performed important maintenance work. The project culminated a day for the entire community. About 150 residents received explanations about the process of conservation work, the role of the winepress, the archaeological finds as well as an explanation on the ancient remains in the sites itself. Of course, we also took care of the youths who attended the workshop.

This week, the first youth group from Kafr Qara finished its work digging in ‘En Esur (Asawir). The group is a continuation of a long-standing collaboration between the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Kafr Kara Council. We hope that the cooperation will continue with other groups of children and youth who will experience the activity of the IAA.

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Meyrav Shay, Israel Antiquities Authority

The Past Week

July 14-18, 2019

This week we continued to enjoy the company of numerous teenagers - girls and boys - who woke up early every morning and joined long days of work and a true experience of archaeology. They are all excellent workers, highly praised by the excavation directors.

The excavations take place throughout the country: ‘En Esur (Asawir), Jerusalem, Ein Shichor (at the north) and Netivot (in the south).

This week, a group of young people from Sderot arrived in Netivot. Many of the youth in the group had already worked on the previous vacation and wanted to work this year too. Indeed, in cooperation with the Sderot Municipality and the Employment Bureau, the youths worked wonderfully, and the excavation team is very pleased with their work and the pleasant atmosphere.

National project "Summer-vacation" kindergarten until third graders continued this week. Children throughout the country participated in archaeological workshops of the Israel Antiquities Authority, where they learned about pottery vessels, mosaics, ancient media, the Dead Sea Scrolls and many other subjects.

Following the conservation workshop that took place last week in the aqueduct of Acre, this week, the youth joined the excavations on the mound, together with the Pennsylvania Excavation Mission. A group of girls from the Galilee Study Center and residents of the city also joined the boys. On Friday they celebrated the end of the project on an open day on the mound with tours and activities for the whole family.

This week we continue a project in which we collaborate with the American Society for Humanitarian Archaeological Research and Exploration (S.H.A.R.E.) and Juha’s Guesthouse at Zarqa Bay (Jisr ez-Zarqa). S.H.A.R.E, directed by Drs. Jeff Pearson and Dana DePietro, seeks to bring together Israeli youth of various ethnic and religious backgrounds through mutual archaeological work. The Sixteen some teenagers from Jisr ez-Zarqa and Pardes Hana who participate in the project have already gotten to know each other and are making new friendships. We are happy to be part of this initiative and to contribute through the wonderful work of our Archaeological Center counselor, Ms. Shirin Mahajnah.

Meyrav Shay, Israel Antiquities Authority

July 7-11, 2019

This week we continued to enjoy the company of numerous teenagers - girls and boys - who woke up early every morning and joined long days of work and a true experience of archaeology. They are all excellent workers, highly praised by the excavation directors.

June 30 - July 4, 2019

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This week, the project for the adoption of a site in Sumaka, in cooperation with the commanders of the Elyakim base and its soldiers, the Israel Antiquities Authority, the “Army for the Protection of Nature”, the Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority and university researchers, was completed. The project aims to bring the base commanders and soldiers closer to the remnants of the past and to increase the participants' awareness of the importance of preserving the Carmel antiquities. During the project, the participants learned the story of Sumaka - an ancient Jewish agricultural settlement that was producing a quality Carmel wine. Under the guidance of the IAA Conservation Department, the soldiers preserved the unique synagogue structure and other ancient installations. The project will continue next year and will preserve the antiquities of the region.

This week we continued to enjoy the company of numerous teenagers - girls and boys - who woke up early every morning and joined long days of work and a true experience of archaeology. They are all excellent workers, highly praised by the excavation directors.

The excavations take place throughout the country: ‘En Esur (Asawir), Jerusalem, Ein Shichor (at the north) and Rahat (in the south).

This week, the children of the summer camps enjoyed a fascinating activity of Escape Room from ancient Egypt.

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Production: Meyrav Shay

Photos: Courtesy, Israel Antiquities Authority