Israel Israel May 11, 2023

Hyrcania Fortress

AVAR is honored to be an integral part of the FIRST scientific, academic excavation at the Hyrcania fortress in Israel’s Judean Desert. The fortress was constructed on a hilltop near the northern edge of the Dead Sea during the Hasmonean/Hellenistic period and subsequently refortified by no less than Herod the Great. Several centuries later it became a Christian monastery.

The project is in conjunction with Project Directors Dr. Oren Gutfeld and Michal Haber from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with logistical support provided by Israel Archaeological Services.

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