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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Arad, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom), Israel
 

The Rebel's Community Life

 
 
The Rebel's Community Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
1. The Rebel's Community Life Marker
Close-up view of the text on the historical marker.
Inscription. How to organize community life under siege?
Near the western entrance square were discovered large concentrations of inscribed pottery shards (ostraca) from the period of the revolt. They bear names, combinations of letters or single letters in Hebrew. These shards were apparently used as food-rationing coupons, as a substitute for money, or to register fighting units or the families that lived on the mountain. Both types demonstrate the community life of the rebels in Masada. It is probable that the ostraca originated in this room, located near the entrance to Masada via the Water Gate, which may have been the headquarters of the rebels leaders. In this case, some of these shards may have been used as lots on the last night.
 
Location. 31° 19.067′ N, 35° 21.223′ 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. Touch 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 one of the Roman ruins near the Northern Palace.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Rebel's Community Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
2. The Rebel's Community Life Marker
View of the historical marker located inside one of the structural ruins, in the north palace ruins.
At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Water Gate (here, next to this marker); The Discovery Location of the "Lots" (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 150 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 Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Jewish Virtual Library website. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Masada National Park website. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Biblical Places website. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Masada - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
The Rebel's Community Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
3. The Rebel's Community Life Marker
Close-up view of an artist's rendering of the pottery shards, displayed on the historical marker.
. This is a link to information provided by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. (Submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. AnthropologyForts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
The Rebel's Community Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
4. The Rebel's Community Life Marker
View looking into the structural ruin where the historical marker is located.
View looking north from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
5. View looking north from the Marker
This is a view looking north, over the top of the structural ruin, directly behind the featured historical marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 2, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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