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Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

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Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

Greetings from Los Angeles,

My husband and I want to visit Israel for 2 weeks in May 2014. We are 67/74 and do not plan to drive. We are looking for a tour which goes to paleolithic and neolithic sites but cannot find any tours that includes them. Can anyone recommend any tours, maybe from Haifa, that go to some of theses places to explore vs drive by:

1- Nahal Me'arot: Tabum Cave, Camel Cave, Steam Cave, Young Goat Cave

2- The Hayonim Cave between Acre & Safed

3- The Manot Cave in western Galilee

4- Zehron Ya'akov: the Kabara Cave

There are areas near Tel Aviv we would like to see also: the Qesem Cave and Nesher Ramla.

Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you in advance for comments & advice.

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1. Re: Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

There is a Museum of Prehistoric Man in Kibbutz Ma'ayan Baruch (near Kiryat Shmona in the Upper Galilee):

…blogspot.co.il/2008/09/story-of-museum.html…

Most of the explanatory signs are in Hebrew so you should call to see if you can arrange for someone to show you around:

galiltour.co.il/museums/…

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2. Re: Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

I doubt very highly that you will find any tours that go to the places you mentioned - they are not high on the list of places that the average tourist wants to see - you can visit these sites but would have to do so independently.

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3. Re: Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

I would have to agree with what Oreet wrote above. I would venture to guess that most tourists are not even aware the the existence of prehistoric sites in Israel, let alone display a desire to visit. You basically will have only two ways to see what you desire. The first would be to rent a car and the second would be to hire a private guide who can drive you. Public transportation would be very difficult or not impossible to use.

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4. Re: Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

What do you expect to se in these caves? Most are caves that are very difficult to reach. I am no expert on caves but some of the names on your list are strange. Nesher Ramla? Nesher is a quarry that produces cement. The only one that is suitable for visitors (as far as I know) is Nahal Mearot, see http://old.parks.org.il/BuildaGate5/general2/data_card.php?Cat=~25~~503217571~Card12~&ru=&SiteName=parks&Clt=&Bur=192565862.

Which you can do on your own easily. I have toured near the Kabara cave, its a nice hike but I did not enter and do not remember if it is open. Many of these places are closed to the public due to security reasons as it is dangerous to go in.

As for the Prehistoric Man in Kibbutz Ma'ayan Baruch (near Kiryat Shmona in the Upper Galilee): Call before you go. The place is run by an old man that is not always available. It is a small interesting place. I was there about a year ago.

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6. Re: Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

The University of Haifa has an archaeology school that has been working on prehistoric caves in the Carmel area - there are some interesting articles on their site:

archinternational.haifa.ac.il/index.php…

You could try to contact their administrator to ask if there are any guides with specialist knowledge in the area or suggestions of things you could visit.

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7. Re: Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

Your best bet is to employ the services of a private guide who has specific experience in this field - there are guides out there who also have degrees in Archaelogy (sp) and will be able to fine tune and provide what you are looking for.

The Negev is littered with thousands of sites from the periods that you mentioned. Almost all of them lie on the surface and have been at best surveyed but not dug. These sites consist of the remains of very basic structures and do not have all that much to see but there are millions of hand tools lieing around and on the desert floor and a sharp eyed person will find loads of stuff (it is ilegal to collect and remove these items and we leave thenm where we found them).

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8. Re: Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

Within the Haifa Zoo on mount Carmel there is the Shtekelis Prehistory Museum. israeltraveler.org/en/site/museum-of-prehist…

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9. Re: Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

This really is a specialist area and I think it really is outside the expertise of normal guiding in Israel.

I have a couple of suggestions of people that might possibly be able to help you. The first is Danny Hermon - a tour guide who has an MA in archaeology. He is the person that the Biblical Archaeological Review use for their tours of Israel. http://dannythedigger.com

The second person that might be able to help you is Ido Garfinkel. He is a tour guide contact phone no. Is 972-54-7323488 or email Idogarfinkel@hotmail.com He is mentioned on one new archaeological site as being a person to contact for a tour there, and since he has the same surname as the person in charge of the dig at that site - Yosef Garfinkel, who is a professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - then I have a suspicion that he is Yosef Garfinkel's son. If I am right, it is possible he could find out more for you from his family connection if he doesn't already know about the places you mention.

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10. Re: Looking for tours that visit prehistoric sites

I remember reading about the Nesher Ramla cave a few years ago, when a previously unknown species of crustacean was discovered living there. However, I cannot find anything on the Internet to suggest that this cave is open to the public, and I suspect the same is true of nearly all the caves on your list.

Nahal Me'arot in the Carmel is definitely accessible, with a recognized walking trail through the nature reserve. (I haven't been there myself.) However, all you would see is a general outline, aimed at a broad audience of families, rather than anything of specialized archeological interest. The closest bus stop is about 3 km away. I am happy to help you on bus routes and timetables if you are interested.