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Beit She'an, Northern District, Israel
 

The Last Days of Scythopolis

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, April 7, 2019
1. The Last Days of Scythopolis Marker
Inscription.  English Text:

Roman Bet-She'an, known as Nyssa Scythopolis, became Christian, reaching its golden age in the 6th century C.E. In the 7th century, Muslims settled in the city, once again changing its character. One day in the year 749, an earthquake shook the region and the city's houses, streets, columns, and statues collapsed like a house of cards.

Ancient Bet-She'an lay in ruins for centuries, until archaeologists uncovered its monumental center. If a magic wand had waved away the debris, the pillars and stones could have returned to their original place.

Excavations on the site have not solved the riddle: What was the fate of the residents of Bet-She'an? Did some of them manage to flee from the disaster?
 
Location. 32° 30.217′ N, 35° 30.13′ E. Marker is in Beit She'an, Northern District. Marker can be reached from Sha’ul HaMelech Street (Northern District Route 6667) just west of National Route 90, on the right when traveling west. This marker is located in the midst of the archaeological ruins at the Beit She'an National
The Last Days of Scythopolis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 7, 2019
2. The Last Days of Scythopolis Marker
View of the featured marker (seen on the left) coupled with another marker.
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Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 31 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Splendor of the City (here, next to this marker); Monument / Nymphaeum / Temple (here, next to this marker); Gateway to Paradise (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount of Precipice (approx. 27.5 kilometers away); The Church of St. Joseph (approx. 29.3 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Beit She'an 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.

Beth-shean (a.k.a. Beit She'an and Beth-shan) is also part of the Biblical record, being referenced five (5) times, in four (4) different books of the Old Testament. Beth-shan (a.k.a. Beit She'an and Beth-shean) is also part of the Biblical record, being referenced three (3) times, in two (2) different books of the Old Testament.
 
Categories. Anthropology & ArchaeologyDisastersParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers
 
The Last Days of Scythopolis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 7, 2019
3. The Last Days of Scythopolis Marker
View of featured marker, clustered with a group of markers (second from the end), with the ruins of Beit She'an seen in the lower background.
View of the Ancient City image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 7, 2019
4. View of the Ancient City
View of the lower landscape, of the ruins, directly in front of the marker.
Earthquake Damage image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 7, 2019
5. Earthquake Damage
View of some of the damage, that resulted in Beit She'an, from the 749 C.E. earthquake.
View of the Ancient City image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 7, 2019
6. View of the Ancient City
View from the upper city, looking down on the ruins of the lower city of Beit She'an.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 23, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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