Dig Spotlight: Mount Sinai?
Has the Mount Sinai of Old Testament fame been found? Deep in the Negev desert of Israel lies a mountain that has been identified for millennia as a sacred place. Known today as Mount Karkom (or "Har Karkom"), it has been the subject of a series of investigations by Professor Emanuel Anati, founder and Executive Director of the Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici in Capo di Ponte, Italy. Investigations have revealed evidence that the mountain functioned as an important religious or cult center dating back to the Paleolithic Age, long before the time of the great pyramids of ancient Egypt. More significantly, Professor Anati's investigations show that this was a primary sacred mountain at the time many scholars identify with the Exodus in the Bible. Further, Professor Anati suggests that Har Karkom may indeed be the very Mount Sinai associated with the biblical events of the Exodus.
This summer, archaeological investigations continue. If you are interested, living accommodations are spartan, but the experience may prove to be one you will never forget.