So Tel Arad National Park is one of the most significant archeological sites in Israel! This stunning, ancient city holds thousands of years of cultural and religious history that are both fascinating to learn about and explore. Come and private tour with me to embark on an adventure through time; as I explain Tel Arad’s history and take you through the beauty that remains. Come join me on a private tour of Tel Arad and I will make this visit a real experience.
Brief History of Tel Arad National Park
During the Early Canaanite period, also known as the Bronze Age (3100-2950 BCE); Arad was the only big city in the Negev. The original city was divided into zones; with public buildings in one area and residential buildings in another and surrounded by a thick wall. This early city was an urban center focused on farming; hunting; art, and trade. Tel Arad’s most notable exports to Egypt were olive oil and asphalt; the latter being made of materials from the Dead Sea and used in mummification.
A Sudden Destruction of the City
For many years, this ancient city thrived. Then, for some unknown reason; it was abandoned in 2600 BCE and remained untouched for 1500 years until the Israelite period when settlers moved to the land once again. In the following centuries; due to its strategic importance, the Israelite fortress was destroyed and rebuilt six times as different civilizations conquered the land. It wasn’t until the early Arab period; the 8th century CE, that Tel Arad was permanently abandoned until excavations began in the 1960s.
What Is Left Today?
Unlike many archaeological sites where you will only find piles of rubble; you can still see much of what the city of Tel Arad was like during the Canaanite and Israelite periods. From the Canaanite period, the outlines of the water reservoir; residential homes; palace; temples; and fortification walls are all still visible. As you walk along the paths that have been trodden for thousands of years; it is easy to imagine how the early civilization used to function. It is almost as if you can sense the ancient citizens of Tel Arad going about their daily chores and praying at the temples.
From the Israelite period, the temple; water facility; rebuilt fortress, and the Elyashiv House all remain standing and available for exploration. The Elyashiv House is particularly important as it is where an ancient archive of great historical significance was discovered. This archive contained ostraca in a variety of languages; including 100 in Hebrew. About 85 in Aramaic, and even a few in Greek. Seventeen of the Hebrew inscriptions were addressed to Elyashiv; who was thought to be the fortress’s commander from the time of King Jehoiakim.
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A Private Tour of Tel Arad
So a guided Tour of Tel Arad is genuinely akin to being transported back in time. It is a journey not only appreciated by those with religious affiliations but also by those fascinated by archaeology and how culture has been shaped over time. So get in touch today! To get an early bird quote and begin creating a vacation of a lifetime. On my private tours of Tel Arad, I tend to my client’s smallest needs like water in the car all the time. And making sure they are feeling good and under some shade and simply making them happy. I hope to hear from you soon!
Tel Arad National Park Operating Hours:
Summer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 – 08:00
Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 – 08:00
Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 – 08:00
Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 – 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 – 08:00
Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 – 08:00
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