Diplomats stationed in Israel, last weekend, were treated to a special tour of the Israel Archeological Authority's (IAA) special warehouses. The tour was organized by the Government Press Office (GPO) together with the IAA.
Among those attending were the ambassadors of Chile and Sri Lanka and representatives from the Czech Republic, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, Austria, United Kingdom, Portugal, Honduras, Lithuania and Nepal.
The warehouses contain nearly one million artifacts from ancient Israel stretching close to a million years, from prehistoric times to the end of the Ottoman period.
The diplomats viewed dozens of meters of shelves that hold tools, architecture, ossuaries and more from the Chalcolithic and Roman periods. From there the guests moved to the architectural yard and completed their visit in the special items section that includes glass, figurines and costume jewelry in rooms that require special climatic conditions.
The diplomats were briefed by Dr. Ayala Lester, senior curator for the Islamic period. Dr. Lester related to the activities of the department's curators, who are also engaged in training students and researchers from Israel and abroad and answered questions about the role of the Israel Antiquities Authority.