Hazor Gate

Aerial view of the six-chambered gate at Hazor, circa 10th century (view from the west).

In the mid-1950s, Yigael Yadin, a prominent Israeli archaeologist, politician, and military figure, led the first major excavation of the ancient city of Hazor, an administrative city said to have been rebuilt by King Solomon. The dig unearthed this distinctive six-chambered gate, which dates from the early Iron Age, around the 10th century B.C.E. This gate is nearly identical to the gates excavated at other biblical sites, such as Megiddo and Beersheba. Yadin and later scholars suggest that these gates are associated with Solomonic building projects mentioned in the biblical book of 1 Kings. In 2005, along with Megiddo and Beersheba, UNESCO designated Hazor a World Heritage Site.  

Divided Monarchy - Hazor Gate

Dug up, often from an archaeological site.

A site where older artifacts are dug up or otherwise revealed.

The stage of development during which humans used iron weapons; in the ancient Near East, approx. 1200 to 500 B.C.E.

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