Since the early 1960s, when 6,000 volunteers from around the world gathered in the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea, to participate in an excavation to uncover the legendary story of Masada, Israel has not hosted a major international conference to discuss its amazing archaeological treasures. The International Conference on Archaeology in Israel and the Ancient Near East is a unique celebration of 50 years of scientific archaeological excavation and research. We invite all interested parties to participate, to hear first hand of the latest, most exciting discoveries, to actually see the finds and meet the archaeologists who are excavating sites throughout the Lands of the Bible, and to visit and explore these sites in specially organized, professional tours: from “King David’s palace” in Jerusalem to the “tomb of Herod”, from biblical battlefields to Crusader fortresses, from ancient monasteries in the isolated Judean Desert to fascinating seaports and ancient agricultural villages that have been miraculously preserved.
The Land of the Bible, this tiny strip of land located in the center of all the major ancient cultures of the Near East, from Babylon, Assyria and the Land of the Hittites in the north, to Egypt in the south, is literally built upon layers of history. Wherever you scratch the surface, you unearth ancient ruins where historical events took place. At the same time, Israel of today is a modern society of scientific technology and high-tech entrepreneurs, offering incredible archaeological potential and ability. This combination of archaeological finds literally popping out of the earth, and the capabilities to scientifically analyze the finds and their context, has led to remarkable achievements, and will continue to do so in the future. However, there still remains much to be uncovered, as the Lands of the Bible have not yet revealed to us all their secrets.
Please consider this message as a personal invitation to participation in a fascinating professional encounter on an international level, integrating a wide range of fields, including education, religion, history, art, conservation, environmental studies, etc. The conference is designed to be an intellectually unforgettable experience for all who love archaeology, history and culture, and is open to applicants and participants from fields other than archaeology.
Jerusalem is a city that fascinates and excites one’s imagination, a city in which every excavated inch reveals or enlightens another amazing chapter in thousands of years of history. We chose Jerusalem as the host city of the conference because so many armies have laid siege to her walls, so many generations have wished to enter her gates and dreamed of experiencing her history. Jerusalem’s 4,000 years of history are waiting for those who are interested in uncovering her secrets, whose walls will be the starting point of our tours around the country, through time and history.
5-11 March 2016, special tour * : "Jerusalem and the land of the Bible"