Here is a brief summary of the archaeological period in Israel (source: Wikipedia)
Jerusalem is by all means the world’s most active, and probably the richest archaeological area in the world. The availability of ancient Biblical, religious and secular sites, and the international significance of the findings, whether related to Christianity, Judaism or Islam, is unparalleled to any other site.
Other Notable archaeological sites in Israel and Palestine:
Ashkelon, Beit Alfa, Carmel Caves, Caesarea, Atlit, Apolonia, Beth She’arim, Tsafit, Herodium, Hisham Palace, Qumran, Mamshit, Ovdat, Acre, Tel Rehov, Tel Be’er Sheva, Jericho, Tel Megiddo, Bethlehem, Shilo, Gath, Gezer, Masada, Tel Arad, Tel Dan, Tel Hazor, Tzippori (Sepphoris) and Gesher Bnot Ya’akov.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority is responsible for all archaeological sites in Israel. The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism is in charge of archaeological sites in the Palestinian Authority. Both authorities issues filming permits and provide archaeological experts. We have been working with both organizations for many years, on a variety of projects.
Film permits in archaeological sites
We usually ask for a film permit in a specific site two weeks in advance. Since the presence of a film crew on an active dig requires special attention from the archaeologists in charge, we always scout in advance in order to determine the best times to film, discuss special procedures and restrictions to avoid any potential damage to the site, and make sure there are no physical or other conditions that may be dangerous for the film crew or the workers on site.
For the pre-scout phase, out location photo collection can provide visual research of the locations before arriving to Israel.
Our experience in archaeological films in Israel and Palestine
These are some of the historical and Biblical archaeological films we managed and locally produced in the last years:
- Walking the Bible (3 part series) – MayaVision for Channel 4 (UK) and PBS
- Sacred Journeys (6 part series) – MayaVision for PBS
- The Flinders Petri Biography for BBC
- Ancient X-Files – WAGTV for National Geographic ( 3 episodes)
- Judean Desert – The Deserts and life series, produced by GreenBay for BBC Wales
- The Real King Herod – Cicada Films for Channel 4
In addition, we produced dozens of films that took part in Israel, Palestine and other historical locations, mostly for BBC, Channel 4 UK, National Geographic, Discovery and PBS. In 2004-2005 we documented the excavation of The Palace of King David by Dr. Eilat Mazar, and In 2010-2013 we produced in Israel the epic IMAX documentary Jerusalem the Movie, which was filmed in many archaeological sites in Israel.
Our Expertise and services
Research – our researchers have years of experienced in researching archaeological stories, themes and facts in Israel. We are working regularly with research institutions, universities and archaeologists in both Israel and Palestine.
Film Permits – We can apply and receive film permits for the archaeological locations in Israel and Palestine, museums, storage facilities and active digs.
Line producers, production managers and location managers – our production staff is very experienced in managing archaeological films.