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Area F: 1987

The latest phase in F is now well represented, though the gate through the wall leading to the stairs lies still undiscovered to the north of last season's clearance. The stairway rises in a series of terraces and steps, but is badly damaged at its upper end. The crushed kurkar "Embarcadero" runs the length of the exposed "Great Wall". A deep sounding at the threshold came up with Roman sherds a meter down, all but proving the Roman date of the temple, stairs, wall and crushed kurkar road, now dated provisionally to the second century A.D. The early imperial Roman road apparently opens out into a plaza while its drain curves off to the east; a side drain goes to the west. Abundant but fragmentary remains from the Hellenistic period appeared on the top of the tel. Between the temple and the "Great Wall" a series of superimposed house walls from the late Hellenistic to the Iron Age were cleared. A large pit from the Persian period yielded several almost complete Greek storage jars. The deep sounding uncovered a massive eleventh-century destruction level. So fierce was the heat that mud-bricks were twisted into fantastic shapes and limestone blocks were turned to white powder. This destruction fell during the period of the "Judges" (11th century B.C.). Considering that the Sea Peoples' city must have fallen to the Israelites around this time, it is tempting to speculate that this destruction may be connected with these momentous events.

Yearly reports for Area F:
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997

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