Beer Sheva Region_DavidLandis_37
Beer Sheva Region_DavidLandis_37
Beer Sheva Region_DavidLandis_37
January 2014 — Beersheba to Lakiya
January 2014 — Beersheba to Lakiya
January 2014 — Beersheba to Lakiya

 

Tel Be’er Sheva, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in southern Israel, and is believed to be the remains of the biblical town of Beersheba. Earliest occupation of the site dates to the Iron Age, and covered an area of only 2990sq yards. Houses appear in the 11th century BCE, and the first fortifications of the city in the late 10th or 9th century. A casemate wall and four-room city gate, as well as a sophisticated drain system were erected in the Iron IIB settlement phase. Tel Be’er Sheva is known in particular for the discovery of a horned animal alter, which is the first ever unearthed in Israel. These altars are mentioned often in the bible. The alter at Be’er Sheva was found in secondary use, and is believed to have been dismantled during Hexekiah’s religious reforms in the 8th century. The precise dating of the alter is, however, disputed.

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