Joseph Patrich

Stalwart explorer slowly descends from a cave in Wadi Fara. The many caves in Nahal Mikhmas and Wadi Fara are situated near the tops of the steep cliffs; their openings are unrecognizable from below. Excavators found evidence—pottery sherds, cisterns and inscriptions—that the caves served as rebel hideouts during the First and Second Jewish Revolts against Rome. Then, beginning in the fourth century C.E., Christian monks seeking refuge and seclusion occupied some of the caves.