This season's excavations at Tel Hazor National Park in the Upper Galilee conducted by Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) uncovered 14 large pithoi-style storage jugs filled with 3,300-year-old burnt wheat. The jugs were located inside a storage room in a monumental, palace-like building from the Canaanite period (2000-3000 BCE), INPA said on Monday.
"Hatzor flourished during the Middle Canaanite period (1750 BCE) and during the Israelite period, and generated the biggest fortified complex in Israel during this period," said Dr. Zvika Tsuk, chief archeologist of the INPA. Professor Amnon Ben-Tor of Hebrew University said the jugs were destroyed around the 13th century BCE, a period which coincided with the biblical account of Joshua's capture of Hazor. According to Joshua chapter 11, Hazor was the only city in the land of Israel destroyed by fire during the conquest.
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Driving directions -- from either north or south: exit the Rosh Pina-Kiryat Shmona road (no. 90) toward Ayelet HaShahar. Tel Hazor is located on the east side of the Road 90.
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Publication date: August 7, 2012