One Million Archaeological Artifacts on Display in Israel
Israel’s Antiquities Authority has mapped out the nearly 60 archaeological digs currently underway or on exhibit in Israel, for summer vacationers’ edification.
The digs and exhibits are located throughout the country, and entry is free of charge.
Among the archaeological sites are a unique ancient mosaic in Nirim in the south, a Bible village near Jerusalem, an exhibit showing how water was transported near Kibbutz Dorot, and more. The exhibits include over a million ancient artifacts, including scrolls, coins, utensils of clay, stone and glass, jewelry, and much more.
The Israel Antiquities Authority says its goal is to bring the public closer to its historic assets, and help preserve them. The Authority not only offers advice to museums, but also lends its items to chosen institutes. According to the Antiquities Law of 1978, artifacts found on private or public property must be given over to the State for documentation and study, and afterwards they can be put on display.
In Givat Yeshayahu in the northern Negev, an exhibit shows daily life in ancient Land of Israel, including industry, arts and burial practices. In the Rambam Hospital, an exhibit shows medicinal practice in ancient times and when settlement was renewed in the Land of Israel in modern times. In the Jerusalem area, where more archaeological activity is taking place than anywhere else in Israel, many various sites and exhibits can be visited.