Near Ayelet HaShahar in Upper Galilee Regional Council, Northern District, Israel
Dated to the 10th century BCE, this gate has six chambers and two towers. Similar gates have been uncovered at Megiddo and Gezer. A summary of King Solomon's activities indeed indicates that the king built Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer. Note to the left of the gate, the double (casemate) wall, which enclosed the western half of the Upper City.
The connection between Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer is reflected in the following verse that describes Solomon's building activities: "This was the purpose of the forced labor which Solomon imposed: It was to build the House of the Lord, his own palace, the Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and [to fortify] Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer" (1 Kings 9:15).
English Text on Marker Timeline:
Canaanite Hazor (Greater Hazor) 1720-1100 BCE
• Middle Canaanite Period IIb
• Late Canaanite Period (to Destruction of Canaanite Hazor - 1250 BCE)
• Occupational Gap 1250-1100 BCE
Israelite Hazor 1100-732 BCE
• Israelite Period I (Period of the Settlement of the Tribes and Judges) 1100-950 BCE
• Israelite Period
• Israelite Period IIb (Reign of Ahab to Destruction of the Kingdom of Israel) 850-732 BCE
Location. 33° 1.054′ N, 35° 34.097′ E. Marker is near Ayelet HaShahar, Northern District, in Upper Galilee Regional Council. Marker can be reached from Rosh Pina - Metulla Road just east of Northern District Route 90, on the left when traveling east. This marker is located in the midst of the archaeological ruins at the Tel Hazor National Park. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tel Hazor National Park (a few steps from this marker); Tel Hazor - The Largest Tel in Israel (a few steps from this marker); Israelite Hazor (a few steps from this marker); Canaanite Temple (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Canaanite Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Palace of the Canaanite Kings of Hazor (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Water System (about 120 meters away); Chorazin in Christian Sources (approx. 11.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ayelet HaShahar.
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Tel Hazor National Park, in midst of the ruins of the various layers of ancient cultures. It is my impression that these ancient ruins are very significant in both the historical and archaeological record of ancient Israel, because several of the artifacts and structural elements that were found in these particular ruins are now on display in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Hazor is also part of the Biblical record, being referenced nineteen (19) times, in eight (8) different books of the Old Testament.
Categories. • Anthropology & Archaeology • Forts, Castles • Settlements & Settlers •
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 21, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.