Our Achievements

טקסט אלטרנטיבי
Recognizing the multi-cultural heritage of the city and initiating discussion on heritage preservation

The Community approach of the Israeli Institute of Archaeology enabled participation of all communities in Lod and led the authorities and the community to acknowledge the universal importance of the local heritage. Simultaneously, the importance of the various Jewish, Christian, and Muslim legacies is stressed, as Lod carries unique historic significance to each of them.

בני העיר בחפירות
Introducing Lod’s heritage to the new generation

Over the decade in which the Israeli Institute of Archaeology was active in Lod, more than 7,000 students were introduced to annual educational programs and participated in the Community archaeology excavation. These programs presented them with the impressive legacy of the city, and inspired local patriotism and the belief in the future of Lod.

מראה של שיקום העיר
The understanding that the restoration of the old city is a key factor in the future of the town of Lod

Previous suggestions for a regeneration of Lod included buildings, infrastructure development, additional commercial and industrial zones, and development of public transport. Following the activity of the Israeli Institute of Archaeology, restoration and preservation of the old city are incorporated into contemporary development plans that will change the town’s image and act as an important social and economic change generator.

שימור המונומנטים ההיסטוריים בעיר ושיקום המרקם הקדום שלה
Raising awareness of the importance of preserving the city’s historical monuments and ancient landscape

Prior to 2010, all governmental programs regarding Lod ignored its old city and planned housing projects in that area. Today, thanks to the Israeli Archaeological Institute’s activity, it is a known fact that this area should be reconstructed and preserved as a touristic attraction which displays the city’s heritage.

Raising public awareness to the importance of ancient Lod

The Ancient Lod Community Archaeology Project was the first to present the importance of the city’s historical heritage, and created a major change of opinion within the general public, the academic world, community leaders, and state officials.

Restoration of the major monuments in Lod

The Israeli Institute of Archaeology, with the generous support of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and other donors, restored several important monuments in the city in order to preserve them from deterioration and vandalism, as well as to allow their usage by the public. The monuments that were cleaned fully or partially restored and protected are: Khan al-Hilu, Masbanet al-Far, the Arches Building, Sabil Subeikh, and the Hasuna oil-press.

מראה של ניקוי ותחזוק מסבנת אל-פאר
Cleaning and maintenance of Masbanet al-Far

The Israeli Institute of Archaeology initiated conservation work in order to avoid further collapses in the building. This included cleaning debris and collapses, construction of vaults, roofs, and floors, and supporting several walls. The project was performed by professional conservators alongside volunteers from Lod and its area, in cooperation with the Lod municipality and the Israel Government Tourist Corporation.

בית הקשתות
Cleaning of the Arches Building

About 10 tons of waste were removed from the building, with the help of volunteers from the local community. In addition, the walls and roof were partially reconstructed and the building was closed to avoid further damage. The current condition of the building enables restricted tours and events, but more elaborate restoration is needed.

Full restoration of Sabil Subeikh

This 19th century public water fountain was fully restored by the Israeli Institute of Archaeology with the generous help of The Betz Foundation, and today it decorates the Hashmonaim street.

בית הבד של חסונה
Cleaning the Hasuna oil-press building

The Israeli Institute of Archaeology cleaned this building from waste and sediments, parts of it were stabilized, and openings in walls were sealed. These actions stopped the constant deterioration of the building and allow easier restoration and preservation in the future.

Restoration of Khan al-Hilu

Khan al-Hilu suffered severe collapses and build-up of refuse and debris as a result of decades of neglect. Vegetation growing within the structures caused additional damage. The Israeli Institute of Archaeology cleaned the building, restored collapsed rooms, walls and spaces, stabilized the structure, and sealed the roof. In addition, a new wooden door, lattices and fences were reconstructed to prevent the further deterioration of the building. The works at the Khan were performed in collaboration with the Lod municipality, the Karev fund and the Israel Government Tourist Corporation.