The Jewish Standard:
The Israel Antiquities Authority has released an app to help children learn about archaeology.
"Become an archeologist!" the app's description reads. "Use your iPhone or iPad as a tool to tap, dig, and explore Israel's past. Discover the Dead Sea Scrolls in an ancient cave, and piece them together to reveal their meaning! Dig up the 2,000 year old Lod Mosaic, then uncover its story in a fast-paced quiz game! You'll need skills, creativity, and smarts to become a great archaeologist and unlock all the rewards."
The games in the App are designed around real discoveries and archaeological artifacts and were developed in collaboration with the IAA's team of pre-eminent archaeologists, scholars and researchers. As they play, kids get a feel for what archaeologists do as they experience the excitement of discovery and the creativity and skills involved in solving mysteries from the distant past.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are among the oldest biblical manuscripts and are considered the greatest manuscript discovery of the 20th century.
The Lod Mosaic is one of the largest, best preserved Roman mosaics ever found and is currently touring the world with stops at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, Waddeson Manor and the Hermitage.
The free app is available right now in iOS (for iPhones, iPods and iPads) and an Android version is next.
via JTA News