Digging Deep Archaeology For Everyone


From ancient Egyptian scarabs to lost British pennies, the Antiquities Authority has a million artifacts in storerooms that are bursting at the seams. Here’s where to see some of the most intriguing

haul Gefen grew up in a miniscule apartment in Dorot, the first kibbutz to be founded in the Negev. On one side of the only sink in the one-and-a-half-room dwelling stood a box of caustic soda for cleaning metal; on the other, a container with paraffin oil for restoration. Both items belonged to his father, Yekutiel, who like many others of his generation was obsessed with the past and spent his free time combing the nearby fields, tels, and wadis for artifacts left behind by long-ago Negev settlers.

As a child, Gefen often tagged along with his dad — but not because he was interested in archeology. It was the joy of picking things up off the ground and seeing the look on his father’s face when they turned out to be special, he says. “Once I brought him what I thought was a tiny bead,” relates Gefen. “My father was thrilled, and told me I had discovered a scarab — an ancient Egyptian amulet decorated with a beetle.”

Today, in addition to his other kibbutz duties, Gefen is in charge of Dorot’s marvelous archeological exhibit. Like dozens of other little-known archeological exhibits scattered throughout Israel, Dorot’s is free to all comers.


Read the full article over at The Times of Israel.

Michael, Sean, Jen, Laura and I want to thank you both for making our family trip to Israel this past December an absolutely amazing experience! We are left with wonderful memories to cherish. Your expertise and dedication to planning our trip, combined with Shmuel’s expertise as our tour guide allowed us to have a perfectly organized, fascinating, adventurous and fun family vacation! Shmuel’s energetic nature and enthusiastic personality made him a pleasure to travel with each day! We truly appreciate all that you both did for us, you had each member of our family’s best interests at heart at all times! We treasure your friendship and we can’t wait to see you again! Todah Rabah!!

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