The Israel Antiquities Authority via its National Treasures Department is responsible for the storage and documentation of hundreds of thousands of artifacts ranging from prehistoric times to the end of the Ottoman period. The most important of these treasures would arguably be The Dead Sea Scrolls, some of which are on display at the Israel National Museum in Jerusalem. [image]
A huge selection of published artifacts from the collections of Israel’s National Treasures are now online and available to the general public. Categorized by both type of artifact and by archaeological period, these remarkable treasures from the simple flints of the paleolithic period to the complex limestone mosaics from the Roman era are worth perusing. Each artifact’s information card provides detailed information regarding provenance, type, dimensions, material, site where discovered, dating and bibliography.
The featured photo is a Proto-Aeolic capital. This unique stone capital is characteristic of palaces and public buildings in Israel and Judah during the First Temple period. Capitals of this type have been found in the major administrative centers of Israel: Dan, Hazor, Meggido and Samaria, and of Judah: Jerusalem (City of David) and Ramat Rahel.
If you’d like to see some of Israel’s National Treasures in person Coral Tours has several upcoming 2020 Christian Heritage Tours hosted by wonderful pastors that have experience leading trips to Israel. These tours are fully escorted by English-speaking, government licensed Israeli tour guides. Click here for more information.
Coral Travel & Tours is a highly respected leader in the Christian Israel travel industry. Family owned and operated by Col. (Ret.) Shalom Almog and his wife, Irit, Coral Tours is deeply dedicated to providing the highest quality service to our customers as they venture on an exciting discovery of their Christian heritage.