Many rulers, pilgrims, and merchants have passed through the Holy Land over the last 5,000 years, providing thousands of archaeological sites in Israel that offer a glimpse into the past. Archaeological sites in Jerusalem have shed light on the First Temple (1000-586BC) and Second Temple (516BC-70AD) periods, like those on display in the Davidson Archaeological Park. In Jerusalem, you can explore the Western Wall Tunnels, and see the original City of David.
Archaeological sites in Northern Israel include the Biblical town of Zippori; the excavated city of Hatzor (Joshua 11:10); Byzantine remains at Kursi, and Gamla’s ancient Jewish city. Tel Megiddo has been the site of numerous historical battles dating back 7,000 years. One of the north’s more mysterious archaeological sites is Gilgal Refaim, a c.6,000-year-old megalithic circle.
Beneath the streets of Acre’s Old City are breathtaking Crusader Knights’ Halls. The Caesarea National Park holds impressive ancient Roman remains, and Beit Shean is one of the largest archaeological sites in Israel. In the south you can tour King Herod’s Fortress at Masada; the ruins at Avdat, and the remains of ancient copper mines in Timna Park.
In addition to Israel’s hundreds of in-situ archaeological sites, you can see archaeological treasures in Israel’s museums like the Israel Museum, and the Bible Lands Museum. Archaeological discoveries take place in Israel on a regular basis, and the Holy Land continues to reveal the mysteries of the past.