Ein Gedi

Desert oasis located along the shores of the Dead Sea - ancient village built around a synagogue. Site of a Jewish village from the Roman-Byzantine period that subsisted primarily from the production of the expensive, aromatic balsam oil. One of the aims of our excavations is to uncover the village's houses, alleys, and shops and to unravel the secret of its oil production. We shall also explore further evidence for the existence of Essene habitation on a cliff above this village.

Prof. Yizhar Hirschfeld, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]

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