Near Arad, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom), Israel
The Discovery Location of the “Lots”
Here several hundred inscribed pottery shards (ostraca) were found. Outstanding among them was a group consisting of names and nicknames, including the name "Ben Ya'ir." Yigael Yadin, the most distinguished of Masada's excavators, connected this group with Josephus Flavius' story of the drawing of lots on the last night of the revolt.
Location. 31° 19.066′ N, 35° 21.233′ E. Marker is near Arad, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom). Marker can be reached from Masada National Park Service Road just west of National Route 90, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This historical marker is located in the ancient Herodian fortification, on top of an isolated rock plateau, on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. The historical marker is situated in the northern section of the fortifications, in the Roman ruins of the Northern Palace.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Water Gate (a few steps from this The Rebel's Community Life (a few steps from this marker); Bathing in Roman Style (within shouting distance of this marker); The Synagogue (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Casemate of the Scrolls" (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Columbarium Tower (dovecot) (about 150 meters away); The Breaching Point (about 180 meters away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the See the Holy Land website. (Submitted on April 3, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. ‘Ben Yair’ Lot from Masada, 70 CE. This is a link for information provided by the Center for Online Judaic Studies. (Submitted on April 3, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Masada. This is a link to information provided by BibleWalks.com. (Submitted on April 3, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Forts, Castles • Patriots & Patriotism •
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