The annual congress of the Israeli Antiquities Department took place at Saxum Visitor Center’s conference hall on August 5th. It was the fifth edition of the Judean Hills Archaeology, Environment and Community Congress.
This year, Saxum hosted the event for the first time. There were seven lectures on archaeology, urban planning and the history of the Byzantine and Crusader periods in the surrounding geographical area. About 70 people attended the event at the conference hall and many others followed the online broadcast via Zoom.
Henri Gourinard, professor of History and Historical Geography at the Polis, the Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities, and Saxum partner, gave his talk on the Road to Emmaus. Other conferences covered the historical heritage in Abu Ghosh and around.