1. 3,500-year-old staircase evidence of conquered Canaanite king’s grandeur

    3,500-year-old staircase evidence of conquered Canaanite king’s grandeur

    Seven stunning large basalt stairs recently excavated at Tel Hazor give new indication of the ancient grandeur of the Canaanite kingdom 3,500 years ago, that according to biblical tradition was conquered by the Israelites and razed to the ground.

    As depicted in Joshua 11:10, Hazor was the “head” of the Canaanite settlements taken by the Israelite leader. While there are still more stairs to be uncovered, it is thought that they lead into the large palace complex from where the King of Hazor ruled on the northern slopes of the upper city facing the lower city.

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    1. This is exactly the palace that, if you were to go by the biblical narrative, would have been conquered by the Israelites.
    2. The king of Hazor is not the king of Egypt, but we see he can use his resources to build this grand staircase.
    3. Patience is one of the key characteristics that an archaeologist must learn.
    4. We're going to excavate the staircase in the next three to four years, but this palace continues much father to the west. So this is only the beginning.
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