According to law the antiquities that are uncovered in archaeological excavations in the Land of Israel or are found, collected or exposed by chance, belong to the State of Israel. The Antiquities Authority, through the National Treasures Department, is in charge of registering, photographing and the complete scientific and computerized documentation of the antiquities. This documentation serves as a principal data bank for researchers and curators in Israel and abroad.
 
The Antiquities Authority, through the National Treasures Department, is responsible for the safekeeping and management of the antiquities’ integrity, for advising museums, initiating exhibitions and lending objects to museums, and for exhibits in Israel and overseas.
 

There are approximately one million ancient items registered in the National Treasures, among them: scrolls, coins, pottery vessels, stone objects, glass vessels, jewelry, and wooden and metallic artifacts. In addition to these there are also architectural elements, agricultural installations, etc. The offices and storerooms of the National Treasures Department are located in Bet Shemesh, the Israel Museum and Rockefeller Museum and at Har Hozevim.

 


Chief Director of the National Treasures
Dr. Hava Katz, tel. 02-9922513/4
Fax 02-99222256


Assistant to the Chief Curator
Mrs. Racheli Harel, tel. 02-9922513/4
Fax 02-99222256


Director of the National Treasures Storerooms
Dr. Michael Sebbane, tel. 02-9922513/4
Fax 02-99222256

 
Head, Coin Department
Dr. Donald Tzi Ariel, tel. 02-5638421, ext. 120



Head, Department of Museum and Exhibitions in Israel and Curator of Organic Materials
Dr. Orit Shamir, tel. 02-9922513/4
Fax 02-99222256 



Curator of Islamic Archaeology
Dr. Ayala Lester, tel. 02-9922513/4
Fax 02-99222256


Curator of the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Periods
Mrs Adi Ziv, tel. 02-9922513/4
Fax 02-99222256


Curator of the Iron Age and Persian Periods
Mrs. Debora Ben-Ami, tel. 02-9922513/4
Fax 02-99222256


Curator of the Chalcolitic and Bronze Age Periods
Mrs. Galit Litani, tel. 02-9922513/4
Fax 02-99222256

 
Curator of Prehistoric Periods
Mrs. Natalia Gubenko, tel. 02-9922513/4
Fax 02-99222256

 
Curator of Architectural Elements
Mrs. Ayelet Grover, 02-9922513/4


Curator of the Rockefeller Collections and Mosaics
Mrs. Alegre Savariego, tel. 02-6204674
Fax 02-99222256


Curator of Numismatics
Dr. Gabriela Bijovsky, tel. 02-5638421, ext. 121


Curator of Numismatics
Mr. Robert Kool, 02-5638421, ext.120

 
Curator
Mrs. Navit Popovich, 02-9922513/4
 
Curator of the Department of Museums and Exhibitions in Israel
Mrs. Edna Ayash, 02-9922513/4