תמר המקראית

Trail length

1.5 km

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Tamar HaMikrait

A visit to an archeological site where artifacts from eight different eras have been found, from the time of the kings of Israel to the British Mandate.

The Trail

This site is located at an important crossroads and, for that reason, it was inhabited over many centuries. The site was discovered by Simcha Perlmutter, a Messianic Jew who moved to Israel from Boston with a group of fellow believers in 1967. They decided to settle in the Arava, where they believed the Messiah would arrive. When this group arrived in the Arava, Israeli soldiers in the area directed them to an abandoned army camp, which they decided to call Ir Ovot. It is said that one day when Simcha was passing the large tel next to his home he heard voices calling to him in Hebrew from the ground. He decided that archeological excavations needed to be made at this site and, with the help of different universities and many volunteers, the site was excavated and artifacts from many periods were found.

Entrance to this site is free. Walk around and read the signs describing the different findings and periods.

Getting There

From the Chetzbah Field School, drive north for 4 km. Then, turn left toward Maaleh Akravim (opposite Moshav Eidan). Take the first left and park in the parking lot.

Notes

At this site, you’ll see the largest Ziziphus tree in the country, estimated to be 2000 years old.

We recommend visiting this site in the afternoon (when it is less hot) and also recommend that you pair this visit with a trip to Givat Chetzbah.