One of the great joys of visiting Israel is seeing things created by our ancestors who lived one thousand, two thousand, three thousand years ago, or more! Israel was, and still is, a land bridge between culture and politics of ancient Africa and the lands of the Middle East.
In our little country, professional archaeologists have uncovered stone tools used by people who lived in the Jordan Valley nearly 800,000 years ago; discovered clay pots that held olive oil and wine, bronze and copper jewelry, statues carved by ancient artisans, and exquisite artwork designed by families who lived as the original Bible was being written; and restored many ancient sites that were home to the earliest Jews and Christians, as well as their Roman conquerors. It is one thing to read about these discoveries, but so much more meaningful to experience this history for yourself.
And archaeology is not simply for professionals. We regularly read about Israelis of all ages who go for simple hikes and suddenly find ancient coins or other artifacts. Not long ago two friends on a diving trip off the Israeli coast were on a simple diving trip in the Mediterranean when their excursion took a stunning turn. Sitting in rocks and silt they suddenly saw what appeared to be an ancient figure. Professionals were brought in and, according to the archaeologists, it was the largest cache of Roman objects to be found in Israel in 30 years!
Would you like to try YOUR hand at finding ancient artifacts? Israel Celebration Tours can provide you with truly memorable experiences by customizing your tour! Enjoy the rare chance to visit an active archaeological site. You’ll have the opportunity to walk through that which has already been uncovered, then dig and sift through sand and rock looking for new artifacts to add to our knowledge of our (and your) history! These digs are a wonderful programme for all ages.
Customize your tour of Israel and experience an archaeological dig.
You could find coins issued by Simon Bar Kokhba, during his revolt against the Roman Empire of 132-135 AD.
Tour the St. Nilus church in the ancient Nabataean city of Memphis (Greek) or Mamsheet (Hebrew).
Might you find another Hellenist Sarcophagus in Ashkelon?
The Dead Sea Scrolls were found by shepherds in the Negev Desert.
These 1,600 year old Roman antiquities were found by amateur divers near Caesarea.
What might YOU find?