Israeli Kids Help Excavate 900-Year-Old Crusader Fortress

Israel is home to some of the world’s richest archaeological treasures - from the Iron Age, to the time of the Hebrews, to the Middle Ages, through the modern period.

Now, students in the Modiin-Maccabim-Re’ut are helping uncover some of those antiquities, participating in excavation efforts near their hometown.

Recently, the kids participated in the find of precious jewelry from the Crusades, when a fortress stood on a site near their villages.

“You get to find things and then you can take pictures and remember the time that you found things from hundreds of years ago, and even more,” 9-year-old Kinneret Goodman told the Times of Israel.

Avraham Tendler, the leader of the excavation, credited the kids - who range from the 4th to 12th grade - for their help with the dig.

“The students and volunteers from Modiin have exposed the inner courtyard of the Crusader fortress. Here, the fortress’s occupants cooked and baked for hundreds of years during the Middle Ages, some 900 years ago,” he told the Times of Israel.

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This story "Israel Kids Help Crusader Fortress Archaeological Dig" was written by Daniel J. Solomon.

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