Tel `Arad Travel Guide

  • Tel Arad NP, Arad, IL
    Tel Arad NP, Arad, IL
    by gubbi1
  • Tel Arad NP, Arad, IL
    Tel Arad NP, Arad, IL
    by gubbi1
  • Tel Arad NP, Arad, IL
    Tel Arad NP, Arad, IL
    by gubbi1

Tel `Arad Things to Do

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    by Martin_S. Written Dec 23, 2006

    The oldest part of the Tel-Arad complex is the Canaanite city. Here you can see the well which has been partially restored. The entire city covers an area of about 52 hectares. The Canaanite part of the city sits on the lower portion of the area, the fortress sits above on a small hill of about 40 meters higher.

    Katrin, Natahlie, Rob at Canaanite well, Israel
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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Architecture

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    by Martin_S. Written Dec 23, 2006

    Take a walk through the ancient Israelite city of Arad, try and imagine what it was like to live here 10 centuries before the birth of Christ... On the western wall and under it you will find the water system, the channels and cisterns that would supply water from the little rainfall in the desert.
    In the first picture you see us standing at the eastern main gate giving access to the fortress.
    In the second picture Katrin, Nathalie and Rob pose on the alter of the Holy of Holies.
    The third shows Nathalie on the sacraficial altar....don't get any ideas...
    The last shows some of the people working there at Tel-Arad.

    Martin, Katrin, Nathalie, Rob, Tel Arad, Israel Katrin, Nathalie, Rob, Tel Arad, Israel Nathalie, Tel Arad, Israel Martin with Tel-Arad staff, Israel
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    • Archeology
    • Castles and Palaces

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    by Martin_S. Written Aug 30, 2003

    Here you can see how many bees were clustered within a single flower. I have worked in the past with bees and never saw anything similar. Each bloom had a "colony" of them inside, sometimes as few as 4-5, sometimes more than 20, one on top of another, totally quiescent.

    Iris Arad, bees inside, Israel
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    • Desert
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

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Tel `Arad What to Pack

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    by Martin_S. Written Oct 25, 2003

    Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera, I have fallen into that trap because I live here, but I try to take a camera with me whenever I travel, even if it is only to go shopping in the next town, you never know WHEN you might NEED that camera.

    Martin with his camera, Israel
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Tel `Arad Off The Beaten Path

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    by Martin_S. Written Mar 30, 2008

    If you are interested in Archeology, you should take the chance to go on a "dig". On April 29, 2008, our friend Yehuda Gubrin directed a dig at the Tel-Arad site. We were lucky enough to be able to participate. As you can see in the following photos the work has begun. The first photo show Yehuda. The second shows me digging in my assigned plot and you can see other plots in the background. The third shows a little closer what I am doing. The fourth is me with my friend Yehuda (we go way back to 1972 when we were on Kibbutz together. The last photo shows the certificate we got at the end of the work.
    At the moment the digging is concentrated around the waterworks of the upper city.

    Yehuda Gubrin at Tel-Arad, Israel The dig at Tel-Arad, Israel Martin digging at Tel-Arad, Israel Martin and Yehuda, Tel-Arad, Israel
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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Family Travel

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Tel `Arad Favorites

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    by Martin_S. Written Jul 15, 2008

    Favorite thing: If you keep a good eye out among the rocks and stones that make up the old walls of the city, you may just chance to see one of the hundreds of lizards who make their home here. As you can see in the photo they are almost perfectly camoflaged for desert life. You can normally spot them if they move, but even then it often seems as if it was only a trick of your sight.

    Lizard, Tel-Arad, Israel
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    • National/State Park

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    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 14, 2008

    Favorite thing: When you walk around you should take notice of the micro and not just the macro. Many people see the sunset, the building, the sky, etc. But if you refocus your eyes and see what is close or small, you will sometimes find a new world. Take a look at this building block in a wall of the fortress. Just a block, right. Take a closer look and see if you can find an "aerial view" of a mountainous landscape....
    Look INTO the well, not just at the railing around it and the top few stones, lean WAY over and see what is at the bottom, sometimes the building stones are different or there may be a type of plaster....
    The last photo shows a "line" on one of the walls. The reconstruction archeologists use this to denote where the original structure was (below the line) and what has been reconstructed (above the line).

    Rock detail, Arad, Israel Cannanite well, Tel Arad, Israel Reconstruction line, Tel Arad, Israel
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    • Desert
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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