Zev Radovan

The bare bones of houses—the partially preserved walls and floors—lie exposed in this aerial view of the excavation of ancient Qatzrin, a Jewish village in the central Golan from the third to eighth centuries C.E. An earthquake in 747, in conjunction with deteriorating economic and political conditions, probably led to the abandonment of Qatzrin. Ann Killebrew’s nine-year excavation of the Qatzrin village uncovered parts of three domestic structures and revealed a flourishing Jewish life at the site. In order to convey a better sense of that life, Killebrew reconstructed one of the houses in the village, furnishing it with an array of replicas of household furniture, implements and foods.