Friday 3 May 2013

Neot Kedumim

Overlooking Wadi Natuf

Wadi Natuf. The line of pines marks the erstwhile Green Line or border with Jordan

Miryam showing an etrog (citron), with the zizyphus or atad in the background
Archaeological Excursion  the last of the year. We left at 0745 hrs for Neot Kedumim, which is in the vicinity of Modi’in, taking the Bet Horon road. We were there in about an hour. Thanks to Soher’s arrangements, the ticket office people were expecting us, and gave us a good discount: we paid NIS 1,110.00 for 37 people. In the company of a wonderful guide called Miryam, we were taken on a tour: Wadi Natuf, home of the ‘Natufian culture’ with its invention of agriculture and agricultural tools; the mixed forests of local varieties of trees (oak or alon, and terebinth or elah) replacing the pine forests planted by the early Zionists; the area of the Seven Species (SHIVAT AMINIM) mentioned in Deuteronomy 8:8: KHITAH (wheat), SEORAH (barley), GETEN (vine), TE’ENAH (fig), RIMMON (pomegranate), ZAIT (olive) and DVASH (date honey); a vineyard with wine press and watchtower; an oil press; a cistern; and, finally, wild hyssop, where Miryam encouraged everyone to actually pound hyssop into zatar and take it home. 

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