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Nahal Og, Jerusalem

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Nahal Mishmar or Wadi Mahras is one of the smaller seasonal streams in the Judean Desert.
The valley or wadi of Nahal Mishmar begins in the Hebron hills, running east towards the Dead Sea. Its western part is shallow, at an altitude of approximately 270 m above sea level, and it proceeds to fall more than 300 meters into the Jordan Rift Valley before emptying into the Dead Sea, over. Nahal Mishmar runs north of the Tze'elim Stream, between Ein Gedi and Masada. Access is from Highway 90.
In 1961, Israeli archaeologist Pessah Bar-Adon discovered a hoard of Chalcolithic artifacts in a cave on the northern side of Nahal Mishmar, known since as the Cave of the Treasure. The hoard consisted of 442 decorated objects made of copper and bronze (429 of them), ivory and stone, including 240 mace heads, about 100 scepters, 5 crowns, powder horns, tools and weapons. Archaeologist David Ussishkin has suggested the hoard was the cultic furniture of the abandoned Chalcolithic Temple of Ein Gedi. Prominent finds from the hoard are currently on display in the archaeology wing of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
It is probable that the copper used for producing the objects was mined in Wadi Feynan.
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  • The hike was stunning and different enough to be exciting. We enjoyed the climbing and the unbelievable scenery. We had a hard time finding our car at the end of the circular trail. The path back to t...  more »
  • Great hike with beautiful views. The ladders make the hike more challenging and fun. Not for small kids though. Arrive early to avoid queues at ladders  more »
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