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Archaeological Sites in Israel

Julian Spriggs M.A.

This page shows the location of the major archaeological sites found in Israel. For each location, there is a brief description of the site and its place in history. For each location there are a number of links. The first is to the Wikipedia page. There are two links to Google maps, one showing the general geographical location, and the other showing an aerial view of the archaeological site, if it has been excavated. For some locations there are extra links to one or more of the Holy Land Photos website, a local website or to the archaeological project website.

The following locations are described. The name of each location acts as a link to the main description further down the page. More will be added soon.


Canaanite Cities


Arad was a Canaanite city in the Negeb inhabited at the time of Moses and Joshua. Their king attacked Israel when they began to enter the Promised Land, but was defeated by the Israelites (Josh 12:14). "When the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the Negeb, heard that Israel was coming ..." (Num 21:1, 33:40).

A fortress was built by the Kingdom of Judea probably to defend the land from the Edomites. It contained a whole temple, which is described on tablets found on the site as a 'temple to Yahweh'. Within the temple was a high place containing smooth standing stones, representing the presence of Yahweh, and altars. Remains of the incense on the altars have recently been analysed and found to contain frankincense and cannabis.

Excavation of the site of Arad began in the 1960's. It is located west of the Dead Sea, about 10 km (6 miles) west of the modern town of Arad.

A replica of the high place from Arad is displayed in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Wikipedia Road map View of site Holy Land Photos Madain Project


Before the area was conquered by the tribe of Dan, the city was known as Laish (Judges 18:7).

Dan was the location of the shrine built by King Jeroboam of Israel following the division of the kingdom. "So the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold. He said to the people, 'You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.' He set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan." (1 Kg 13:28-39).

The site of Dan lies in the far north of modern Israel. Excavation began in 1966, and many important discoveries have been made. The site contains a very well–preserved Canaanite gate from about 1750 BC, other gates from the time of the divided monarchy, and the site of the shrine where Jeroboam's golden calves may have been placed. The site of the original altar is shown by a modern metal frame.

An inscription naming King David and the house of David was found in Dan and is displayed in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Wikipedia Road map View of site Holy Land Photos Madain Project


Hazor was a large Canaanite city that was conquered by Joshua (Josh 11) and allotted to the tribe of Naphtali (Josh 19:36). The forces of King Jabin of Hazor fought against Deborah and Barak (Judges 4:2, 17). Solomon fortified the city (1 Kings 9:15). It was conquered by Tiglath–pileser III of Assyria in 732 BC (2 Kg 15:29).

The site of Hazor is located on a ridge 15km (9.5 miles) north of the Sea of Galilee overlooking the swampy Huleh Valley. It is one of the largest tels in Israel.

The carved gate post from the fortress in Hazor from the time of King Ahab of Israel is displayed in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. A large storage jar from the time of Joshua, probably used for grain, discovered in Hazor is displayed in the British Museum.

Wikipedia Road map View of site Holy Land Photos Madain Project


Wikipedia Road map View of site Holy Land Photos


Wikipedia Road map View of site Holy Land Photos Madain Project

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