VIDEO: Ancient Village of Shivta

A well-preserved Nabatean village well off the beaten tourist track again demonstrates the richness of Israel’s archeological past

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The following video offers stunning aerial footage of the ruins of Shivta, a Nabatean farming village situated along the portion of the ancient Spice Route that passes through Israel’s southern Negev region.

The outlines of the village, its houses, markets and large Byzantine-era church remain well preserved, and some of the community’s terrace farms have been recreated to give a more accurate look at desert life in that time.

Shivta lies far off the typical Holy Land pilgrimage route, and is just one more example of how saturated Israel is with tangible ancient history. Indeed, despite Israel’s small size, it would take more than a lifetime to see and take it all in.

Check out ancient Shivta:

Shivta from Amir Aloni on Vimeo.

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