Renewed excavations at Horvat ‘Eleq support a fresh understanding of this multi-strata settlement. The site was first inhabited in the Iron Age. A fortification system was constructed in the 4th century BCE and was already out of use by the Hellenistic period. The finds indicate that the Hellenistic period saw the zenith of the settlement, in terms of magnitude of construction and extent. New data contradicts Hirschfeld’s identification of the site as a single strata, fortified Herodian palace. Reassessment of the date of the fortification at the site and its phases of occupation sheds light on the border between Phoenicia and Judaea during the Persian and Hellenistic periods.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||32|
|State||Published - 2014|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
One of the main goals of the renewed excavations, initiated and funded by the Ramat HaNadiv Foundation, the charitable organisation and nature park created by the Baron Edmund de Rothschild was to make the archaeological site accessible to the public. Finding the original entrance to the site was one of the first goals of the project, in order to take into consideration tourism needs, allowing for the possibility that visitors could enter the site through the original gates of the archaeological site. This could possibly also answer essential research questions involving the nature of the site and the dating of its fortifications.
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