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Ein Gedi 2000

Photos from Season V

The fifth season of excavation of Ein Gedi by Prof. Yizhar Hirschfeld is now completed.
This website contains photographs taken during the last three weeks of the dig (Jan.24-Feb.11, 2000).

Welcome to Ein Gedi!
A Note From Prof. Hirschfeld

"Ein Gedi is unique in the world since there is only one. Those who are helping to uncover it are making a contribution to the future by bringing to light the past.

The goal of archeology is the discovery of all aspects of life that were a part of the people who lived in this village, and others like it. Many questions concerning their identity, their religious practices, their technologies, their family life, their economics, and such are just waiting to be answered. Those who participate in the dig may discover that their square will reveal the key finds of the day or maybe even the entire site.
Those who contribute in any way to the excavation are helping to uncover knowlege that will be shared with countless visitors, as well as students and archeologists around the world. Whether walking in real life or only through the photographs, the steets of Ein Gedi are alive again. This is a treasure that has no price and can be secured in no museum. It is a treasure to all who will see and learn about ancient Ein Gedi."

Prof. Yizhar Hirschfeld, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem,


This site is for photography ... and memories.
This website contains many photos. They are arranged by category. "The Dig" shows results of the work and scenes of daily life at the excavation. "New Friends" has primarily closeups of people who participated. "The Land" contains scenic shots taken in the general Ein Gedi area. "The Sea" has photos around the shoreline of the Dead Sea. There are also photos taken at "Jerusalem" on the rare occaision of snowfall and some photos from "Beth She'an."

A note of explanation about the photos.
All of the photos presently loaded were taken with a Polaroid PDC 700 digital camera. There are several photos that simulate panoramic images. They are actually combined digital images. The problem is that it is possible to create a photograph that covers 180 degrees field of view. That is like looking over your left shoulder, then straight ahead, then over your right shoulder and then combining all the images so you can see them straight in front of you. That makes an amazing, but not quite realistic image. The ones of the temple mount demonstrate this the most. In order to see the image correctly you must imagine yourself turning your head as you pan across the image. Good luck and enjoy the photos.

Are You Looking for the Official Ein Gedi Excavation Website?
This is NOT it! The website you are on was done by an avid volunteer on the dig this year (see About) but is not officially connected with Prof. Hirschfeld. To go to the "Official Excavation Website" hosted by the University, click on the link below. Tell them you came here first! Go Dig!

Official Archaeological Site - Ein Gedi