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Tel Lakhish

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This ancient Canaanite city is one of the most important archeological sites in the area. The Canaanite culture thrived here for some 2000 years, until the Biblical hero Joshua wiped them out.

After the conquest, the city was abandoned until around 930 BC, when it was rebuilt and fortified to become the second most important city in Judah after Jerusalem.

In around 590 BC the city was captured by the Babylonians, under King Nebuchadnezzar. At the site, archeologists found a series of letters describing life in the city under Babylonian rule.

Take route 35. East of Qiryat Gat, take the turn-off for Amatzya and Hazan cave. Tel Lakhish is the large mound on your right just past the turn-off to the Lakhish moshav.

The ruins at Tel Lakhish.

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The wall around the settlement, and the path leading to the village.

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Ancient stone implements

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Fragments of ancient walls, with a modern Israeli farm in the background.

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Fragments of ancient walls.

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The well at Tel Lakhish. This well dates back over 3000 years.

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The surrounding countryside from the tel.

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Patti

This page was updated on 18 December 2007.

Contact me at: patti.primeau@sympatico.ca

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