Exposing the Burgin Ruins in Adulam France Park.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On May 12, KKL-JNF held an educational event at Adulam-France Park, where children and their families got to learn about the significance of the newly uncovered Burgin Ruins through fun, educational activities, and were entertained by popular television character Kofiko the monkey. The event was in honor of the organization’s 115th birthday.
KKL-JNF guides were on hand to lead the visitors through the excavations while providing explanations. Burgin Ruins (Hirbat Burgin) is situated on a hill in the magnificent Adulam France Park, which today is a well-known venue for Israeli nature lovers and cyclists. The park, which covers some 50,000 acres of gorgeous rolling natural hills and farmland, is dotted with archeological sites that date back to biblical times. According to the bible, King David hid there in a cave, when fleeing from Saul. The site has been developed and preserved by KKL-JNF thanks to the support of Friends of KKL France, earning the park its name.
At Hirbat Burgin, while crawling through the myriad of underground caves - which thrilled young and old alike - the visitors were told of the fate of successive communal settlements which existed there from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.
Some of the caves were used by Jews for burial at the time of the Second Temple. In the walls were “kokhim”, or niches, where the bodies of the dead were laid. The caves also had hiding places hewn in the rock that were used during the time of the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire. Above the caves, ruins of homes and public buildings have been uncovered, including what was a church and a Roman villa.
Read more and see photos of the Burgin ruins in the Judean Plain