A century old enigma: The seventh-century bce settlement at tel beth shemesh (east)

Elie Haddad, Nathan Ben-Ari, Alon De Groot

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A recent excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority on a hill near the ancient tel of Beth Shemesh, east of Road 38, has uncovered the remains of a major and previously unknown phase of occupation of this key Judahite site of the Iron Age II. Repeated excavations have taken place for over a century on the mound west of Road 38. These excavations seem to have established the absence of an occupation at the tel following Sennacherib's destruction of the settlement in 701 BCE. The only known Iron II pottery postdating Sennacherib's destruction was retrieved from a large water reservoir excavated by the Tel Aviv University expedition (1993-2000), covering a period between the second half of the seventh century and the Babylonian destruction of 586 BCE. The present article presents a brief overview of the finds and preliminary conclusions of the trial excavation concerning the seventh-century BCE occupation at the site. These findings change the understanding of the history of Judaean settlement in the Shephelah after the 701 BCE destruction of Sennacherib.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-188
Number of pages16
JournalIsrael Exploration Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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