45 Photos - Jan 28, 2009
Photo: Photo: Bet Shean, the best preserved Roman-Byzantine town in IsraelPhoto: The town was first inhabited 5,000 years ago.Photo: A model of the town; the town originated during the Canaanite era.Photo: A colonnade along an old Byzantine streetPhoto: The outside wall of the amphitheaterPhoto: Active excavations continue.Photo: The great theater of Bet Shean-capacity 6,000 personsPhoto: The theater stagePhoto: The ruins of Bet SheanPhoto: A wide colonnaded Roman street leading to the theaterPhoto: A major earthquake damaged the city in 749 A.D.Photo: Corinthian columnPhoto: Mosaic at Bet Shean-4th century A.D.Photo: Tyche, the goddess of the city. This mosaic is a copy--the original was stolen.Photo: Bathhouse areaPhoto: Dwellings in the townPhoto: Israel farmland from ArmageddonPhoto: CropdusterPhoto: A model of ArmageddonPhoto: As many as twenty civilizations are thought to have lived here; their cities are built on top of each other.  The model illustrates one layer on top of another.Photo: In the book of Revelation, the final battle between Good and Evil is supposed to take place here at the end of the world.Photo: It is a significant problem for archeologists to decide which layers of civilization to uncover of the many choices.Photo: The view from Armageddon over the countrysidePhoto: The farmland is lush.Photo: All sorts of produce grow here.Photo: Some sort of circular stage-considered very unusual for the time.Photo: Some evidence of the layers of civilizationPhoto: The town became uninhabited in the 4th century, B.C.-no one knows why.Photo: Cistern in the cityPhoto: Meggido Kibbutz  (Meggido is another name for the area although it is better known as Armageddon)Photo: The entrance to a secret water system constructed by inhabitants in the 9th century B.C.Photo: This tunnel permitted access to water, unknown to potential invaders.Photo: Going through this tunnel takes one out of the site to the secret water spring below.Photo: The deepest part of the tunnelPhoto: A little moisture inside but not much.Photo: The final ramp of the tunnelPhoto: Once outside and back on the road, we encountered demonstrators at an intersection in favor of Israel's attack on Gaza.Photo: Picking up some strawberries from a roadside vendor.Photo: Beautifully preserved mosaic at Beth Alpha synagogue sitePhoto: The mosaics date from the 5th century, A.D. and were discovered in the 1920s.Photo: Shepherd encountered on the drive to the Dead Sea.Photo: The orange color on some sheep is a form of branding.Photo: We encountered flocks like this in several places.Photo: As in ancient times, shepherds constantly have to keep an eye out for strays.