The Israel Antiquities Authority
The Israel Antiquities Authority is the preeminent organization in the field of Israeli and Biblical archaeology. It is responsible for all matters of archaeology in Israel including land and marine excavations, development and protection of archaeological sites, archaeological research, education, publication, conservation and restoration of objects and sites, and exhibitions of archaeological material in Israel and abroad. It is the custodian of the State Treasures, including nearly 2 million archaeological objects among them the Dead Sea Scrolls, and more than 30,000 archaeological sites throughout Israel. The archaeological work conducted in the country is universal in preserving the heritage of all humankind and uniquely meaningful to the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
The Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority
The Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1992 to raise awareness and provide financial support to the Israel Antiquities Authority for a diverse range of archaeological and educational projects throughout Israel requiring both public and private funding. Funds are provided for excavations and field-work, development of archaeological parks and gardens, publications, object conservation and restoration and conservation of antiquity sites. The Friends support the promotion of archaeological research and education, initiate the development of exhibitions of findings from Israeli archaeological sites to the U.S., and sponsor activities designed to share the antiquities and heritage of the Holy Land with as large a public as possible.
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