Archaeology

 This archeological section is primarily a compilation of writings and photos of the late Mark M. Goodman, Project Reconstructionist. Nazareth Village is deeply indebted to Mr. Goodman for his untiring efforts and professionalism in the reconstruction process. His persistence and vision along with his infectious personality played a significant part in turning these dusty stones into a living reality.

Nazareth Village offers a unique synthesis of historical, archaeological, and ethno-archaeological science applied towards reconstructing a First Century Village upon some of the last natural landscape in Nazareth. With a dedicated staff and a vital volunteer program, it continues to offer a meaningful social forum for people of different backgrounds to work, educate, and share in something special, while preserving an ancient landscape for future generations to learn from and enjoy. The reconstruction of Nazareth Village – from archaeological research and excavation to building the village itself – is an ongoing process. We look forward to sharing this story as it unfolds.

Nazareth Village took shape under the tireless and passionate leadership of D. Michael Hostetler, its first Executive Director.

Careful attention has been devoted to historical and archaeological detail. Dr. Stephen Pfann, President of the University of the Holy Land, and his team have provided ongoing research focusing on life in the First Century.

Ross Joseph Voss, (MA, Harvard University) serves as project archaeologist.

Riyad Haddad, (BSc., Technion University) serves as project architect.

Mark M. Goodman, (MSc., University of Pennsylvania) our architectural reconstructionist, focuses on settlement building of the Early Roman period.

Our team of consultants and advisors included:

Dr. H. Bernath
Dr. R. Frankel
Dr. Y. Hirschfeld
Dr. A. Killabrew
Dr. E Levine
Dr. E. Myers
Dr. E. Netzer
Dr. J. Strange
Dr. V Tsefaris
Dr. K. Bailey
Mr. Yeshua Drey
Dr. Etan Ayalon
We hope that you find this enlightening and that you join us on our journey of discovery.