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Near Megiddo, Haifa District, Israel
 

The City-Gate

(The Late Bronze Period)

 
 
The City-Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
1. The City-Gate Marker
Inscription. [Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:

The Late Bronze period (1550-1150 B.C.) is marked by Egyptian rule of Canaan. At that time, Megiddo was one of the country's major city-states and its king a loyal vassal of the Egyptian pharaoh. The city-gate and the elaborate palace located just inside the are the best-known remains of this period. The city-gate was apparently incorporated into the Middle Bronze (2000-1550 B.C.) fortifications that were still in use at the time.

[Text across the Bottom of the Marker]:

"Say to the king, my Lord and my sun: message of the Biriowa, the Loyal servant of the king. (...) Lab'ayu {king of shechem} has waged war against me. (...) and we are unable to go out of the city-gate (...) so may the king give a garrison of 100 men to guard his city lest Lab'ayu seize it (...) he seeks simply the seizure of 'magidda" (El-Amarna archive, extract of a 14th c. B.C. Letter from the King of Megiddo to the Egyptian pharaoh)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tel Megiddo marker series.
 
Location. 32° 35.176′ N, 35° 11.048′ E. Marker is near Megiddo, Haifa District. Marker can be reached from National Route 66 just north of National Route 65, on the left
The City-Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
2. The City-Gate Marker
Close-up view of both the Hebrew and the English text on the left side of the historical marker.
when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the Megiddo National Park. The park is located between the Megiddo and Yokne‘am junctions (road no. 66), about 2 km west of the Megiddo junction. The historical marker is situated beyond the visitor center and parking lot, along the footpath that takes visitors to the archaeological park, and it is the first marker that you encounter at the top of Tel Megiddo (as you approach the ancient city gate).
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The City-Gate (a few steps from this marker); The Northern Stables (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Northern Palace (about 120 meters away); Schumaker's Excavations (about 120 meters away); From Megiddo to Armageddon (about 120 meters away); Tel Megiddo National Park (about 120 meters away); A Public Grain Silo (about 150 meters away); The Sacred Area (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Megiddo.
 
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. Tel Megiddo. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free
The City-Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
3. The City-Gate Marker
Close-up view of the illustration of the late bronze age, city-gate, displayed on the historic marker.
encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Megiddo. This is a link to information provided by a web site entitled BiblePlaces.com (Submitted on April 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. The Megiddo Expedition. This is a link to information provided by The Megiddo Expedition Website. (Submitted on April 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Tell Megiddo. This is a link to information provided by the BibleWalks.com website. (Submitted on April 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Megiddo: Gate and Fortifications. This is a link to information provided by the website Architecture of the Bible. (Submitted on April 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. AnthropologyForts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
The City-Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
4. The City-Gate Marker
View of visitors using the park trail to gain access to the late bronze age, city-gate entrance to Tel Megiddo.
The City-Gate image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
5. The City-Gate
View looking through the late bronze age, city-gate, into Tel Megiddo.
The City-Gate image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
6. The City-Gate
View looking through the late bronze age, city-gate, into Tel Megiddo.
The City-Gate image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
7. The City-Gate
View of the archaeological restoration line (everything above this line was restored by archaeologists) that was seen throughout the excavated city-gate.
The City-Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
8. The City-Gate Marker
Close-up view of the restoration line marker, seen in the excavated ruins of the Tel Megiddo city-gate.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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