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Soldiers in a paratrooper base in the South of Israel, have discovered a Biblical-era watchtower.
The tower, which dates back to the 8th century B. C., it has been revealed during recent excavations by the Israel Defense Forces troops under the command of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The tower, which is thought to have about 16.5 meters high and 11.5 meters wide, could have commanded a view of the Hebron Mountains, the judean valley and the area around the modern Has.
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Now it is about 6.6 meters high, the tower is built of large stones, with a weight of 8 tons. Archeologists believe the tower dates back to the ancient Kingdom of Judah, and in the reign of King Hezekiah.
The remains of the old tower. (Israel Antiquities Authority)
“The strategic location of the tower served as an observation post, and a warning point against the Philistine enemy, and one of which the city Has,” said Sa’ar Ganor, and Valdik Lifshitz, who directed the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, in a statement. “In the days of the First Temple, the Kingdom of Judah, they built a series of towers and fortifications are the points of communication and alert, and signals, for the transmission of messages in the field of intelligence.”
The tower is one of the observation points, which are connected in the vicinity of the towns and cities, according to the archaeologists, who note that the way of the smoke and fire were used to send messages. “It is likely that the alarm is now detected in one of the towers, which carried some of the way,” she added.
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The israeli soldiers are taking part in the excavation of the ancient tower.
(Israel Antiquities Authority)
Military activity is on the look-out tower seems to have been held up by the activities just prior to the Assyrian King Sennacherib launched an expedition into Judah in 701 B. C. at The entrance to the tower was locked at the time and the strength that is laid is moved to an adjacent fortified town.
The soldiers’ modern-day counterparts, had a unique understanding of the site, and thanks to the site. “This is the first time I have taken part in the excavations. The connection to the land, and the fact that there were Jewish fighters in the past, and it gave me a sense of mission,” he said to the Second Lieutenant Roi Ophir, the Parachute Brigade’s reconnaissance battalion. “The fact is that there is also a link to the area where we are conducting our own military manoeuvers; let us feel that we have to give something in return.”
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The site was part of the “Nature Defense Forces, Project for the Commanders to Take Responsibility for Their own Environment,” which is led by the IDF’s Technology and the Maintenance of the diplomatic Corps. In addition, the Israel Antiquities Authority, Israel’s minister of Defense, and the society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, also took part.
The excavation took place at a paratrooper base in the south of France. (Israel Antiquities Authority)
The tower is the last of a fascinating archaeological discovery in Israel. Experts have recently uncovered the remains of an ancient settlement of the Negev desert, and the revelation of the old tunnels used through the Jewish revolt against the Romans.
In another case, archaeologists uncovered the farm of a rich old Samaritan at the Zur Natan in the center of Israel.
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The tower dates back to the 8th century B. c. (Israel Antiquities Authority)
Carvings of ships that were recently found in an old water reservoir has been discovered in a town in the Negev desert.
Elsewhere, archaeologists have confirmed that it is the first full-spelling of “Jerusalem”, an ancient stone inscription was unearthed in the area of the International convention center in Jerusalem, commonly known as Binyanei Ha Uma.
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In a separate excavation, the experts found that there is a site that can offer new insights into the ancient biblical kingdom of David and Solomon, and it is a treasure trove of bronze coins, and the last remnants of the Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, in the vicinity of the temple mount in Jerusalem.
In February of 2018 and beyond, archaeologists announced the discovery of a clay stamp, mark, that it may bear the signature of a biblical Prophet, Isaiah.
In other findings, over the past few years, including the skeleton of a woman with child, dating back to 3200 years old, in Israel’s Timna Valley, a place that was once known as “King Solomon’s Mines.
On the site of an ancient city on the West Bank, archaeologists are also in the hunt for evidence of the tabernacle, which once housed the Ark of the Covenant.
Some experts believe they are the lost ancient Roman city of Julias, formerly known as the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus’ apostles, Peter, Andrew and Philip.
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