“Cave of the Letters” was the name given by Prof. Yigael Yadin to a cave he excavated in the 1960s in Nahal Hever, deep in the Judean Desert. The excavations yielded various items belonging to the Jews escaping the Romans at the last stages of the “Bar-Kokhba Revolt” (132-135 CE).
The remains of skeletons indicate most of them did not survive, and they either died of starvation, or from safication, when the Romans lit a fire at the entrance to the cave. The most famous discovery were a cache of letters sent from Bar-Kokhba himself to the rebels of Ein-Gedi, with various tactical and religious instructions.
A monument above the cliff of the cave contains the remains of the rebels after being studied. The plaque over the place of this secondary burial was vandalised several times, most likely by Arab Palestinians living in the area. In my last visit in 2018, it was repaired, again.
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The viewpoint to the “Cave of the Letters” is from a cliff above Nahal Hever, that can only be reached with a 4×4 vehicle. Contact us to Inquire about a tour to the viewpoint, and other sites in the area.