Arad: Israelite fortress, commanding position

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The (reconstructed) walls of the Iron Age - Israelite - fortress stand at the highest point of the tell.

The earliest Iron Age (Israelite) fortress on this site dates to the 10th century. It had casemate walls, but these were filled in in the 9th century to create solid walls. The most intriguing feature of this fortress is the temple, though the texts written on ostraca provide a fascinating glimpse of the administration of a local outpost in the royal period.

 


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