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Megiddo, Haifa District, Israel
 

A Unique Continuity

 
 
A Unique Continuity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
1. A Unique Continuity Marker
Inscription. [Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:

The deep section dug by the University of Chicago Expedition (1925-1939) provides a unique glimpse into the nearly thirty settlements built one on top of the other at the site. Due to the unique continuity of its occupation from the Neolithic period through the Persian period - and the scope of its excavations, Tel Megiddo is considered the 'cradle' of biblical archaeology and the 'laboratory' of modern research methods.

[Text on the Right Side of the Marker]:

Period

7000-3500 B.C.
Neolithic & Chalcolithic

3500-2200 B.C.
Early Bronze

2200-2000 B.C.
Intermediate Bronze

2000-1550 B.C.
Middle Bronze

1500-1150 B.C.
Late Bronze

1150-1000/900 B.C.
Iron I

1000/900 - 732 B.C.
Iron II (Israelite)

732-586 B.C.
Iron II (Assyrian, Egyptian)

586-530 B.C.
Babylonian

530-332 B.C.
Persian

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tel Megiddo marker series.
 
Location. 32° 35.124′ N, 35° 11.135′ E. Marker is in Megiddo, Haifa District. Marker can be reached from National Route 66 just north of
A Unique Continuity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
2. A Unique Continuity Marker
Close-up view of the English text displayed on the left side of the historical marker.
National Route 65, on the left 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 at the top of Tel Megiddo, on the eastern side, on the northern crest of the broad and deep archaeological trench dug into Tel Megiddo by the University of Chicago's excavation team.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sacred Area (here, next to this marker); The Northern Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); The Northern Stables (within shouting distance of this marker); Schumaker's Excavations (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); From Megiddo to Armageddon (about 120 meters away); Tel Megiddo National Park (about 120 meters away); A Public Grain Silo (about 120 meters away); The Southern Palace (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Megiddo.
 
Regarding A Unique Continuity. The text on this historical marker shares two different views on when the Iron I Period ended (either 1,000 or 900 B.C.) and when the Iron II Period began (once again, either 1,000 or 900 B.C.). These two different views are the result of the current split in scholars of Biblical archaeology
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By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
3. A Unique Continuity Marker
Close-up view of the illustration showing the major excavation trench, that revealed the different levels of occupation, from the different periods of history, displayed on the historic marker.
and history into two camps identified as minimalists and maximalists. I have included two links to help the reader to understand what the significant issues are in these two differing views.

It should be noted that this debate in view points is focused on the period in Ancient Near History from about 1,000 to 800 B.C. (the time period that this historical marker's timeline falls into) and that the debate is centered around matching the historical timeline of the literature found in the text of the Bible with the historical timeline of the archaeological evidence being found in the lands and physical sites associated with the Bible.

The author of one of these links (who is pro minimalist) writes, "Maximalism and Minimalism: labels for two opinions about the relation between written evidence and archaeology, which sometimes are conflicting...The labels 'maximalism' and 'minimalism' were coined in the debate about the historical reliability of the Bible. For more than a century, archaeologists have been digging in the Near East, and inevitably, they found contradictions between the archaeological record and the story told in the Bible...'Minimalism' and 'maximalism' are two principles to cope with this situation. Maximalist scholars assume that the Biblical story is more or less correct, unless archaeologists prove that it is not; minimalists assume that the Biblical
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By Dale K. Benington, March 9, 2013
4. A Unique Continuity
A panoramic view of the same area of the Tel Megiddo excavation shown on the historical marker's displayed illustration.
story must be read as fiction, unless it can be confirmed archaeologically."

The author of the other link (who is pro maximalist) writes, "According to the minimalists, the United Monarchy never split into two kingdoms, Judah and Israel, because it never existed in united form in the first place. Their account is that the two kingdoms developed side by side, with the Kingdom of Judah and its capital, Jerusalem, developing at a far later stage, after the consolidation of the Kingdom of Israel in the ninth and eighth centuries BCE. In this interpretation, David and Solomon are entirely fictional figures."
 
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 encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 30, 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 30, 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 30, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Tell Megiddo.
A Unique Continuity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
5. A Unique Continuity Marker
A distant view from the park trail, of the historical marker, situated on the north side crest of the major excavation trench that was dig through a portion of Tel Megiddo.
This is a link to information provided by the BibleWalks.com website. (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Maximalists and Minimalists. This is a link to articles on ancient history provided by the Livius website. (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

6. Maximalists vs. Minimalists: A Good Survey. This is a link to information found in a blog sponsored by BiblePlaces.com (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

7. Story of a Tel (Tell, mound, heap). This is a link to information provided by BibleWalks.com. (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. AnthropologyForts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
A Unique Continuity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
6. A Unique Continuity Marker
View of the historical marker on an observation platform, overlooking the excavation trench.
A Unique Continuity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
7. A Unique Continuity Marker
View of the historical marker and a portion of the excavation trench beneath it.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 435 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 30, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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