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By Dale K. Benington, April 3, 2019
History of Ashqelon Marker
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — History of Ashqelon
Ashqelon is a coastal city, located on the Via Maris. Its plentiful water sources and fertile soil account for its prominence throughout the ages. Its name, Ashqelon, derived from the term Sheqel, a weight-measure, attests to its role as a trade sea . . . — Map (db m132462) HM
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — Remains of the Muslim City
Before you are remains of the moat and the wall that enclosed the Muslim city. In 1153 CE, the Crusaders conquered Ashqelon from the Muslims. In 1187 the Muslims, led by Saladin, drove the Crusaders out of the city, destroyed it and blocked up the . . . — Map (db m132466) HM
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — Tel Ashqelon - the Canaanite City
The Middle Bronze period, Ashqelon was a prominent port town, founded ca. 1950 BCE, with a population of roughly 15,000. Its inhabitants farmed for a living and exported their agricultural produce - wine, olive oil, wheat, sheep and cattle - to . . . — Map (db m132496) HM
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — The Canaanite City Gate
This is the most ancient arched gate in the world. It consists of an arched corridor with arched openings on both ends. The gate was constructed in approximately 1850 BCE as part of the city’s fortification system, and is built mostly of mud bricks . . . — Map (db m132499) HM
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — The Canaanite Fortifications of Ashqelon
The Canaanite city was established in approximately 1950 BCE and some 15,000 people lived here. The 600-dunam city was fortified by a wall and a moat about 100 years after it was established, in defense against the Egyptian threat. The wall stood . . . — Map (db m132494) HM
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — The Sanctuary of the Silver Calf
Before you are the remains of a sanctuary constructed within the stone glacis near the road leading from the beach to the city. The silver-coated bronze statuette of a calf was discovered inside a shrine-shaped pottery vessel in a storeroom of . . . — Map (db m132497) HM
Israel, Southern District, Mitspe Ramon — The Human Spirit and the Spirit of the Earth"Thine are the heavens, thine also the earth" (Psalm 89:11)
Even from space, Makhtesh Ramon appears as a masterpiece of the spirit of the earth. This is the genesis landscape from which Ilan Ramon's name is taken. This is the most fitting place to commemorate the Space Shuttle Columbia crew, who perished on . . . — Map (db m126980) HM
Israel, Southern District, Be'er Sheva — Palmach Negev Brigade MemorialContemporary Art in a Unique Setting
The story of the Negev Brigade in the War of Independence (Nov, 1947 – March, 1949) The Brigade, whose ranks included local settlers, fought courageously against superior forces – Arab irregulars and the invading Egyptian Army . . . — Map (db m92482) WM
Israel, Southern District (Lakhish Regional Council), Lachish — Artist's Rendering of the City GateFrom the Time of King Hezekiah
Here you see the two outer gatehouses, one on top of the other. look through the scope to get an idea of the size of the lower gatehouse. It was built at the time of King Asa (908-867 BCE) or King Jehoshaphat (870-867 BCE), and continued in use . . . — Map (db m132577) HM
Israel, Southern District (Lakhish Regional Council), Lachish — Assault by Sennacherib's ArmyThe Siege Ramp
The Assyrian army built a huge stone ramp against the city walls. This ramp allowed the attackers to bring up battering rams to breach the wall. The base of the ramp you see here is about 70 meters wide and 16 meters high. As in other places in . . . — Map (db m132530) HM
Israel, Southern District (Lakhish Regional Council), Lachish — Confronting Enemy Threats - the City’s Fortifications
Lachish was situated close to the western border of the Kingdom of Judah, facing the Philistines cities and on the to Egypt. Because of the city’s location, the kings of Judah built particularly strong fortifications for it, including a number of . . . — Map (db m132608) HM
Israel, Southern District (Lakhish Regional Council), Lachish — Might and Authority - the Royal Palace
The palace apparently served as the seat of the city’s governor representing the king of Judah. The huge palace complex from the time of King Hezekiah extended over more than 12.5 dunams (1.25 hectares) and included a large courtyard, a central . . . — Map (db m132611) HM
Israel, Southern District (Lakhish Regional Council), Lachish — Tel Lachish National Park
The biblical, city of Lachish is identified with the archaeological mound you see before you, on the edge of Wadi Lachish, along which ran the main road from the coastal plain to the Hebron Mountains. Settlement began here in the Neolithic . . . — Map (db m132634) HM
Israel, Southern District (Lakhish Regional Council), Lachish — Testimony to Approaching Disaster - the Lachish Letters
In this room some 20 potsherds were discovered, bearing inscriptions in ink (ostraca) in ancient Hebrew. These letters are dated to the last years before the Babylonian invasion of the Land of Israel (beginning of the sixth century BCE). The . . . — Map (db m132606) HM
Israel, Southern District (Lakhish Regional Council), Lachish — Welcome to the City Gate
The entrance to the fortified city from the time of the kings of Judah was via an impressive gateway enclosure consisting of an outer and an inner gatehouse, between which was an open paved plaza. The gateway was the beating heart of the city - . . . — Map (db m132598) HM
Israel, Southern District (Tamar Regional Council), Arad — Bathing in Roman Style
"The fittings of the interior - apartments, colonnades and baths - were of manifold variety and sumptuous ..." Josephus Flavius Beyond the human need for cleanliness, the bathhouse also had a social function. Bathing and the . . . — Map (db m64079) HM
Israel, Southern District (Tamar Regional Council), Arad — Columbarium Tower (dovecot)
Why did the king raise doves on the mountain? There were three columbarium towers on Masada. The one in front of us was used as a dovecot in its ground floor, and as a watchtower in its upper story. In the walls of the dovecot are several . . . — Map (db m64068) HM
Israel, Southern District (Tamar Regional Council), Arad — The "Casemate of the Scrolls"
A large and rare concentration of finds from the time of the revolt was found in a corner of the room of the wall in which we stand: inscribed sheets of papyrus, fragments of scrolls, silver shekel coins, textiles, sandals, and glass vessels and . . . — Map (db m64071) HM
Israel, Southern District (Tamar Regional Council), Arad — The Breaching Pointנקודת הפריצה
Here the siege of Masada ended. The ramp that the Romans had built up to the summit of the mountain reached to below this point. At the top of the ramp rose the siege tower, and in it was the battering ram with which the Romans assaulted the . . . — Map (db m64069) HM
Israel, Southern District (Tamar Regional Council), Arad — The Discovery Location of the "Lots"
"...then, having chosen by lot ten of their number to dispatch the rest... these, having unswervingly slaughtered all, ordained the same rule of the lot for one another, that he on whom it fell should slay first the nine nd then himself last of . . . — Map (db m64101) HM
Israel, Southern District (Tamar Regional Council), Arad — The Rebel's Community Life
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 . . . — Map (db m64077) HM
Israel, Southern District (Tamar Regional Council), Arad — The Synagogue
"Long since, my brave men, we determined neither to serve the Romans nor any other save God ..." Josephus Flavius The rebels' way of life on Masada required a building suitable for community meetings and Torah readings. This . . . — Map (db m64076) HM
Israel, Southern District (Tamar Regional Council), Arad — The Water Gateשער המים
The path that climbed to Masada from the west via the cisterns terminated at this gate. Visitors to the mountain and the beasts of burden that carried water took this path to the summit of Masada. A channel starting at the gate carried to some of . . . — Map (db m64148) HM
Israel, Southern District (Tamar Regional Council), Ein Gedi — Masada
Generations go by and the mountain remains. Herod built for himself a magnificent fortress-palace, and the Romans and the Jewish rebels added a drama of siege and slaughter. Here the early monks of the Judean desert sought communion with the creator . . . — Map (db m128331) HM

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