Carmel Newsreel I-169, January 29, 1939

Archaeological Excavations at Beit Shearim

9 Minutes, 1939
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Directed by: Nathan Axelrod
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A vehicle drives in a field by an excavation site. A view of the ancient city Beit Shearim discovered in an archaeological dig in the Sheikh Bureik hills in the Galilee. Excavation manager archaeologist Benjamin Mazar inspects the various findings with his team, workers from the Alonim group and Alexander Zeids family. The excavation team carefully reveals ruins. Mazar measures findings. Workers lower a ladder into a pit. A worker cleans ruins in a room full of ancient pottery. Mazar and his team walk through the spaces of a synagogue from the Mishnah period. Greek and Hebrew inscriptions, a prayer stand and a Torah ark discovered in the synagogue. A mausoleum from the third century BCE with engravings of various animals. Mazar presents findings to a boy. Workers at the dig site. Hands composing a Greek inscription found on a marble plaque. Fragments of a marble cupboard with Hellenic reliefs. Mosaic floors decorated with geometric ornaments and fauna and flora.

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