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The Sixth Arachaeological Conference / הכינוס הארצי השישי לידיעת הארץ "הגלילה" (חול המועד סוכות תש"י)

Bulletin of the Jewish Palestine Exploration Society / ידיעות החברה העברית לחקירת ארץ-ישראל ועתיקותיה
Vol. טו‎, No. ג/ד‎ (תש"י / 1950), pp. 116-131
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23728314
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Abstract

The sixth of the Annual Archaeological Conferences of the Society was held in Galilee. The Conference exceeded in length, variety and numbers all the previous ones. It began on October 9th at Tel Aviv Port, where the members embarked on ss. Kommemiut and passed along the shores of Israel to Acre. The Minister of Communications, D. Remez, addressed the conference on the subject: "Israel and the Sea". The sites along the shore were explained by Z. Vilnay and J. Braslawski. At Acre the conference disembarked. The opening session was held at Acre. Prof.L.A.Mayer, Hon. President of the Society, presided. The Prime Minister, D. Ben-Gurion, opened the Conference in a speech devoted to a discussion of the historical mission of Israel in the light of the Land and the Book, and the value of archaeological research for the study of both. He was followed by Dr. B. Maisler, Hon. Chairman of the Executive Committee, who spoke on "Ancient Galilee". The evening concluded by an address by Major-General Y. Yadin on "The Geography of Galilee in its military aspects". The second session was continued at Acre on October lOth.M. Avi-Yonah lectured on "Galilee in the Roman wars"; Prof. E. L. Sukenik on "Ancient Synagogues in Galilee"; Dr. D. Amiran (Kallner) on the "Physical Geography of Galilee". After a tour through Acre Town, the third session was devoted' to lectures by Dr. Η. Z. Hirshberg on "Moslem Acre" and Prof. L. A. Mayer on "Turkish architecture". The conference then visited the mosque of Jezzar Pasha; there followed a reception arranged by the Acre Municipality, and the fourth session, addressed by J. Braslawski on "The Continuity of Jewish Settlement in Galilee" and J. Weitz on "The New Settlements". On October 11th the members toured the Valley of Beth ha-Kerem, Peqiʿin, and followed the frontier road to Ḥanita and Nahariya. In the fifth session, held at Nahariya, papers were read by Prof. E. L. Sukenik on the "Hidden Scrolls", and the Sheʿalbim synagogue ; by Dr. I. Ben-Dor on the work at Maʿale Hamisha, Nathanya, Jaffa and Tivʿon; by M. Avi-Yonah on his excavations at Sheikh Bader, Jerusalem ; by Dr. B. Maisler on his excavations at Tell Qasila and Engaddi. On October 12th the conference toured the Ladder of Tyre and Achzib, then by way of Meʿona (Tarshiḥa) and Saʿsa they visited Gischala, where a reception was held by the local population led by the Rev. Athanas Khury; their way led onward to Kefar Birʿam, Kadesh Naphtali and Safed. The sixth session was held at Safed ; here Mr. I. Ben-Zevie spoke on the history of Safed and Dr. D. Amiran on the population of Galilee. On the last day, October 13th, Safed was visited and the tour continued by way of Meirun, the Plain of Beth Netopha to Nazareth, where a reception had been arranged by the Municipality. From Nazareth the members proceeded to Sepphoris, where the proceedings concluded at the ancient Castle with addresses by Dr. B. Maisler and J. Abramski, Secretary of the Society, and the National Anthem.

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