Omrit

King Herod at Tel-Hai

Nestled at the foot of Mount Hermon in the heart of the Upper Galilee, the ancient ruins of Omrit are among the richest archaeological sites in all of Israel. Since excavations began in 1999, Omrit has yielded an exciting trove of discoveries from the Hellenistic era and the bustling days of the Roman Empire, including a spectacular temple complex constructed and expanded over many centuries and believed to have been dedicated in part to the Roman Emperor Augustus by Herod the Great in the late first-century BCE. 

As recognition of the significance of the finds at Omrit has grown, the need for a permanent exhibit to preserve and make these discoveries accessible to scholars and the public alike became clear. In cooperation with the Israel Museum and an international team of academics and designers, Tel-Hai college is developing an ambitious plan to build a permanent display and library facility for exhibiting and studying Omrit's artifacts, and a partial reconstruction of the temple complex that will look out across the breathtaking expanse of the Hula Valley onto the site of the ruins themselves. Read more about Omrit and this extraordinary new project here and the latest coverage from Haaretz and the New York Times.

Interested in supporting Tel-Hai's efforts at Omrit?

Please contact Rachel Sachs at rachelsachs@telhai.ac.il 

"In all of Israel, there is no region more fruitful for archaeological discovery as the Upper Galilee and the lands surrounding Tel-Hai College."  Dr Gonen Sharon

"15 years of excavating at Omrit and working with Tel-Hai has given me a magnificent vantage point on the history of Israel, and perhaps also a glimpse of its future." Prof. Andrew Overman