Archaeological Dig & Excavation
For some, archaeology is a form of time travel – a way to peer into the past to gain a richer understanding of our world today, and our place in it. If you are curious about ancient people, wondering about who they were, where they came from, and what struggles and successes they encountered along the way, this option might be the right one for you.
Accross the country - verious locations.
Live in the Kibbutz or in a remote location.
* Option for Undergraduate Field School Credit (available through The University of Hawaii and other institutes).
The country and region's uniqe location and history, offers and amazing oportuinies to explore and discover unmanly heritage, like no other place in the world!
In Israel you may find:
Physical (tangible) heritage (9,000 archaeological sites)
Prehistoric sites (impossible to preserve, difficult to display, the caves are impressive)
Biblical sites (Canaanite and Israelite) (interpretation difficult, conservation of mudbrick, poor preservation)
Classical sites (Second Temple, Mishnah and Talmud) (construction in stone, delicate artistic elements such as stucco, fresco, secco, plaster, mosaics, clearly Jewish remains are few).
Sites from the Middle Ages to the mid-Ottoman period (1700 CE) (well preserved, no Jewish sites, sites are few)
Sites from the modern era (Migdal Tsedek Castle) national sites (Castel, Sha’ar Hagai), well-preserved, Jewish remains are few, sites are few.
Cultural landscapes from various periods (open spaces difficult to protect, lack of awareness)
Spiritual/narrative heritage (intangible)
Ancient sources and their incorporation at sites (David and Goliath )
Bible stories and their incorporation in the landscape (Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi)
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority promotes the inscription of national parks and nature reserves as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Six such sites have been inscribed in Israel so far: (1) Masada National Park, inscribed in 2001; (2) The biblical tells, inscribed in 2005 and including Megiddo National Park, Tel Hazor National Park and Beersheva National Park; (3) The Incense Route inscribed in 2005, and including the Moa-Avdat segment, Avdat National Park, Shivta National Park and Mamshit National Park; (4) the Carmel Caves in Nahal HaMe‘arot Nature Reserve, inscribed in 2012; (5) The Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin, inscribed in 2013; (6) The Bet She‘arim Caves, inscribed in 2015.