Near Ayelet HaShahar in Upper Galilee Regional Council, Northern District, Israel
Palace of the Canaanite Kings of Hazor
This palace, which served the kings of Hazor during the 14th-13th centuries BCE, is of a ceremonial nature (The administrative palace is to be sought elsewhere on the site). The plan, consisting of a courtyard and a throne room, and constructional elements of the building - combining stone, mud-brick and wood - show a distinct influence from northern Canaan (present-day Syria).
The floor of the throne room was originally made of wood; the present floor is reconstructed. The large quantities of wood incorporated into the walls, floor, and roof of the building contributed to a major conflagration, remnants of which are clearly visible on the walls of the structure and on the basalt slabs covering the lower part of the walls. The palace, like the rest of Hazor, was destroyed by fire when Hazor fell (Joshua 11:10-13).
English Text on Marker Insert:
A document mentioning the dispatch of a group of workers (14th century BCE)
A document addressed to Ibni [Addo] King of Hazor (18th century BCE)
English Text on Marker Timeline:
• 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 IIa (Reign of Solomon) 950-850 BCE
• Israelite Period IIb (Reign of Ahab to Destruction of the Kingdom of Israel) 850-732 BCE
Location. 33° 1.01′ N, 35° 34.094′ 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. Canaanite Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Canaanite Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); "Solomonic Gate" (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Tel Hazor National Park (about 90 meters away); Water System (about 90 meters away); Israelite Hazor (about 90 meters away); Tel Hazor - The Largest Tel in Israel Chorazin in Christian Sources (approx. 11.7 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.
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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 48 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 21, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.