Hi friends :). Recently my son and I took a trip back in time….to Antiquity. Our Homeschool group visited a replica of an ancient city. We learned about archaeology and how things would’ve been in the days of Jesus. I have some awesome pictures so make sure you can see them 😉
First, lil man became a junior archaeologist. As much as I wanted to join in….well the adults sat this one out. Our guide broke the kids into teams of two and taught them how to properly dig for artifacts. This particular place actually let the kids dig for REAL artifacts too…many thousands of years old.
They were taught to carefully dig then sift the dirt to find things.
At the end of the dig our guide talked about what everyone found. She showed us how the artifacts let us know what was happening in that area. For instance, Michael found purple cloth in his area. Other kids found shells and pots. It turns out people were making a rare purple dye that was cooked out of a certain sea shell.
Also, there was a replica of hidden treasure under the floor. Apparently, in real life the archaeologist that founded this place had indeed found a hidden money pot under a floor in the Holy Land. What a neat discovery!
After the dig, we all took a tour of the “city”. We were shown a replica of an ancient house in Israel. Everything was made of limestone and the houses were small because the beams used to support the roof were made of short trees.
We learned so much. It’s interesting. There were no actual inns/hotels in the days of Jesus. The word for “inn” was actually talking about a guest room. So when Joseph and Mary couldn’t find a place to stay it was because there were no available guest rooms. The guest room would’ve been in the dining area away from the main family.
This room is small but the upper room where Jesus had the last supper would’ve been a bit bigger. Also, notice how the table is on the floor. There were no chairs. Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting is inaccurate. Jesus and his disciples were sitting and reclining on the floor.
There was a gate and a tower where the kids pretended to protect the city.
We also learned the difference between a well and a cistern. A well is a spring of water from underground. A cistern collects rain water….so if there’s drought the cisterns will be dry.
Passage Mark 9:42:
42And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
Below is a picture of the millstone Jesus was talking about…..intense huh?
Here is a grain silo.
It was so neat learning about the olive press. Olive’s were considered the most beautiful tree in Bible times. Eastern eyes see the beauty of the tree because of what it can produce not because of how it looks on the outside.
The olive press had several slits to hang heavy stones which would squash the olives and make the oil. The first batch of oil was used for the temple, the 2nd for cooking, the 3rd for lamps, and the 4th for soap. The olive pits were given to the animals. So every part was used.
Do you know why people squish grapes with their bare feet while making wine? I do now :). Grapes have bitter seeds and shoes would crush the seed and make the wine bitter. So they squish bare foot.
I was blown away at the crucifixion trees. It turns out the Romans nailed people to LIVE trees. So the cross Jesus carried would not have been the whole tree because usually the trees were living. He would have carried the cross bar. That makes sense considering Jesus was scourged to near death before he carried it.
we learned that the Israelites did not use wooden stables. The Manger Jesus stayed in as a baby would’ve probably been a cave. People kept their animals there and amazingly the caves stayed about 69 degrees all year. I’ve heard this before and also that Jesus could’ve been born in a sukkah (tent) because he was most likely born in the fall during the Feast of Tabernacles. Either way it’s the thought that counts 🙂
My son’s favorite part was the tombs and learning about the bones. This was also very enlightening. We learned that the swaddling clothes Jesus was wrapped in as a baby would be similar to what he was wrapped in for burial. Swaddling clothes were strips of old clothing that were saved for birth and burial. So a person wore them twice in their lifetime.
You can see two “bodies” above. They’re not real. It’s illegal to display human bones. One has a full body and the other one is just burial clothes in the shape of a body. Why? Because Jesus rose and left his burial clothes in tact. The woman explained that in the Greek it says the head piece was in tact. So He literally rose out of his burial clothes….a very supernatural thing indeed.
Also as you can see from the entrance of the tomb there’s no way Lazarus could’ve bent down and climbed the steps in his burial clothes. He was wound up tight. Lazarus came through the walls and appeared before them. He couldn’t have walked out. So he was probably a scary sight coming back to life….even more so. This info just adds to the supernatural aspect of this miracle. Talk about breathing life into history….wow.
I was really intrigued but the Israelites’ ideas on mourning. They did not wipe away their tears when someone died. They actually kept the first tears of mourning in bottles. Also they would let bodies decay then collect the bones. When the Bible speaks of someone going to their father’s it’s talking about their bones. They would take a person’s bones and drop them in a pit with their family’s bones. Later, bone boxes were made for individuals.
Here is a picture of the catacombs where many Christians hid during intense persecution. One of the pictures shows a Christian “Agape” meal in the catacombs.How creepy to eat with skeletons nearby….. 😦
There’s also Christian symbols on the wall.
This was such a great trip and it was right up my ally. I love stuff like this. Michael had a blast and learned a lot. I encourage you to check out places in your area that may have this same type of hands on learning. It’s one thing to read about archaeology but it’s a whole ‘nother thing actually digging for artifacts yourself.
God bless you and Remember The High King Lives!~Amber Dover
PS: I was super courageous and tried my first green smoothie. It was delicious! If I am brave enough to try it I know you can too. I found this recipe in Publix magazine:
In a blender blend:
6 ounces vanilla yogurt
1/4 to 1/3 cup skim milk (I used Almond milk)
1/2 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1/2 of a banana
1 handful of ice
2 tsp of lemon or lime juice
Be brave 🙂 You can’t taste the spinach at all!