The Joe Alon Center and the Museum for Bedouin Culture
Situated in the heart of the forest, it is a center for scientific and educational research undertaken in conjunction with the museum, which is dedicated to Bedouin culture. The exhibition is fascinating and includes a film, folk tales, a visit to a hospitality tent, a presentation about the Jewish development of the Northern Negev and an exhibition about the work of KKL-JNF, The Awakening Desert. There is also an audio presentation on the roof of the museum explaining the surroundings. The Center is open daily including Saturdays, for a fee, telephone: 08-9913322 and 08-9918597.
Hirbet al Remamin, south of Kibbutz Lahav, is on the eastern slopes of the forest, where there are remains of an ancient Jewish synagogue from the time of the Second Temple (Nehemiah 11:29). The inhabitants of this village comprised the remnant that had not been exiled to Babylon. In the center of the building that remains, there are parts of walls, architectonic features and a floor with five engraved rosettes—a typical Jewish ornament in the days of the Second Temple. There is also a bird ringing station at the site.
Tel Halif and the Halif Ruins
North of Kibbutz Lahav is a mound identified with Rimon, a town recalled as having been part of the territory allotted to the tribe of Shimon (Joshua 19:7). Remains from the Bronze Period were discovered at the site as well as remains from the early Israelite Period – 6th to 9th century BCE. There is an excellent view of the Coastal Plain from the top of the ruins. Some of the remains were damaged in the 1950s, when communication trenches were dug there for military purposes. At the Halif ruins, remains of vessels from the Egyptian period were also found, as well as nearby Jewish burial caves from the 2nd and 3rd centuries, which attest to the Jewish presence on the plain after the Bar Kochba rebellion.
From the area of the watchtower there is a dirt road on the western slopes of the forest. On one of the turns in the forest KKL-JNF constructed an observation deck facing the Southern Coastal Plain.