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Archaeological missions

Three archaeological missions are active in Israel involving Italian researchers from the Sapienza University of Rome, the Second University of Naples and the University of Florence.

The University of Rome “La Sapienza” in collaboration with the Department of Archeology of the University of Tel Aviv (TAU) carries out a research mission in the Paleolithic sites of Qesem Cave and Revadim. The project aims to apply innovative techniques for the study and interpretation of the cultural adaptive behaviors of the ancestors of Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals between 500,000 and 200,000 years ago.

The mission of the Vanvitelli University of Campania operates the systematic mapping of sites from the Greco-Roman era through the use of innovative technologies in conservative interventions and excavation activities. The project envisages the creation of a trilateral collaboration involving, in addition to Italy and Israel, the Palestinian Authority. The sites involved in the project are mainly Bet Shean and Cesarea Marittima.

The mission of the University of Florence is performing a study mission and the elaboration of a restoration and re-evaluation plan of the archaeological site of Ashkelon, in southern Israel. The project is the result of a collaboration established a few years ago with Ashkelon Academic College and will involve the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israeli Parks Authority.