The Italian Embassy in Israel, together with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and with the support of Tel Aviv University, has organised the first Symposium of Italian Archaeological Missions in Israel. The event, to be held on 6 and 7 September, in Tel Aviv and Acre respectively, is named ‘Italy and Israel: routes, exchanges, connections’. “The initiative’s goal – Ambassador Sergio Barbanti said – is to disclose the remarkable results achieved in Israel by Italian archaeological missions and their local partners, while also promoting new partnerships and reciprocal knowledge among sector operators and studying ways to cooperate more closely”.
During the two-day event, the Directors of the Archaeological Missions, Prof. Cristina Lemorini (Sapienza University, Rome), Prof. Cecilia Luschi (University of Florence) and Prof. Fabrizio Benente (University of Genoa) will show, together with the local partners, the results of the excavations made in Revadim, Qesem Cave and Jajuilia, in Ashkelon and Acre, while Prof. Franco Cardini, a medievalist, will give a presentation on the historical relations between Italy and Israel.
The agenda also features an important panel on underwater archaeology and in-depth studies on the connections between Italy and Israel, starting from the routes between the eastern and western regions of the Mediterranean, on the technological networks of agriculture, on the presence of Franciscan friars in the Holy Land and on Roman architecture in Jerusalem. The event will also include the reconstruction of a Byzantine dinner and a didactic visit to the “Italian venues” in Acre, including the Church of St. Andrew and St. John the Baptist, and to the “Città di Roma” Restoration Institute in Acre, which was damaged in May 2021.