Friday, April 3, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Guided Tours

The man in the brown shirt and ball cap is one of our staff archaeologist who guided us on all the "Tell Tours" around Israel. We were fortunate to have him as our guide because he gave us the real information. We were often close to tourist guides who put out some of the worst miss-information you could imagine.

We are viewing the palace on the second level at Massada. There was some restoration/conservation work going on at the time.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Massada Lower Level

Jutting out from Massada are two lower levels that had to be defended to keep enemy troops from the upper level. Herod had a palace on all three levels. In this picture I am looking down from level two on the lowest level.

Below that you can see the outlines of one of the Roman camps.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Roman Army Camp @ Massada

Looking down from the top of Massada you can still see where the Roman Army camped for three years while trying to take the last hold out of the Jews. There were three of these camps and you can just imagine the thoughts in the defenders minds as they looked down at that scene.

On the other side consider the Romans baking in that heat down on the floor of the camp. For three years they dealt with hot wilderness conditions trying to take a fortress that seemed impossible. But nothing was impossible for that army and take it they did.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Massada Storage Rooms

The fortress of Massada had huge storage rooms that once filled allowed the defender to hold out for many years. These are the ruins of just a few of the storage rooms there. 

It was an awesome feeling to be there and know what happened in 70 to 73 AD!