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