Next Stop Meggido. Again, I will probably write in more detail on this, but some background on Meggido is helpful. Tel Meggido is one of the bigger archaeological digs happening in Israel currently and is very unique. Due to it’s key placement along the north-south trade routes, Meggido has always been a very strategically important city. The tels in Israel are easily recognized by their flat tops. The tels aren’t really mountains, but hills formed as one set of peoples builds new towns and cities on the remains of a previous one. In the case of Tel Meggido, we were able to see digs from both the time of King Ahab, as well as work being done on a much earlier Canaanite settlement. What makes Tel Meggido so unique is the fact that there are 25 civilizations buried in layers in this Tel.
Enroute to Meggido we passed these tombs, just as would have been used in Jesus’ time
The City Gates of Meggido
A replica of what the city might have looked like in Ahab’s time
King Ahab used Meggido as the place where he stabled his horses and chariots, as the location enabled him to easily deploy them to protect the key Jezreel Valley.
A Canaanite altar being uncovered
This was a fascinating thing we saw in several old cities during our tour. Often a city’s water supply was outside the city walls, which created a problem when a city would be under siege and attack. Solution: Build a shaft straight down inside the city and across to the spring outside the walls, which would be hidden from view. Remember, all this work would have been done by hand, and also remember that somebody had to go get that water normally twice a day.