Near Rosh Ha'ayin in Petach Tikva, Central District, Israel
The Egyptian Governor's Residence
Inscriptions in Sumerian, Akkadian and Canaanite languages found in the palace be a witness to the importance of Afeq in the Egyptian government network in Canaan. A letter from Ugarit (in northern Syria) is evidence of the trade between the Egyptian and Hittite empires that passed through this region.
Canaanite Afeq and the Egyptian governor's residence were destroyed in a fierce battle ca. 1230 B.C.E. Archaeological excavations uncovered layers of burnt bricks and ash from the collapsed upper floors, as well as arrow-heads still embedded in the walls of the palace.
Location. 32° 6.314′ N, 34° 55.795′ E. Marker is near Rosh Ha'ayin, Central District, in Petach Tikva. Marker can be reached from Yarkon Park Entrance Roadway just north of National Route 483. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tel Afeq - Antipatris (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roman Cardo (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lion Temple (approx. 17.7 kilometers away in Tel Aviv District); The Jaffa Port (approx. 17.8 kilometers away in Tel Aviv District); The Whale Sculpture (approx. 17.8 kilometers away in Tel Aviv District); The House of Simon the Tanner (approx. 17.9 kilometers away in Tel Aviv District).
Regarding The Egyptian Governor's Residence. In the December of 2009 edition of the Jewish Magazine it states that, "Tel Afek is one of the most important biblical places in Israel" (see link #2). As if to help prove the point, in the BibleWalks.com website states that the city of Tel AfeqIt, "was located on the strategic main highway - the way of the Sea or King's highway (Numbers 21, 22: 'Let me pass through thy land... we will go along by the king's high way, until we be past thy borders'). (see link #4)
This strategic point on the king's high way was
The Governor's Residence not only provides archaeological proof of the importance of this site to the Egyptians, but the written record also provides verification of this site's importance. According to the BibleWalks.com website, " The city is referenced in several Egyptian sources, starting in the 19th C Egyptian (12th Dynasty) enemy-curse clay tablets as "Aphkm". The city is one of the cities that were conquered by Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III , just before the famous battle near Megiddo (1468 BC), which resulted in the Egyptian conquest of Canaan for 350 years. The Egyptians had to subdue some mutinies, such as in 1431 and 1429 by Amenhotep II, who listed Aphek among the cities he passed through."
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. Yarkon Park. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Archaeology in Israel: Tel Afek. This is a link to related information provided by the Jewish Magazine. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Aphek, Antipatris. This is a link to information provided by BiblePlaces.com. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
4. Afek in the Sharon (Antipatris). This is a link to information provided by BibleWalks.com. (Submitted on April 15, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 15, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.