Biblical Archaeology Review 2:3, September 1976
Megiddo Stables or Storehouses?

II. In Defense of the Stables at Megiddo

By Yigael Yadin

After several seasons of excavations at Megiddo, I believe I have proven that the two groups of buildings commonly referred to as “Solomon’s Stables” are not Solomonic but must date to approximately the reign of Ahab.1 However, I do not challenge the conclusion of the original Megiddo excavators that the buildings are indeed stables. It seems to me that the association with Ahab is quite consistent with the testimony of Shalmaneser III, according to which Ahab is credited with commanding a great number of chariots2—more, even, than were in possession of several of the kings around him.

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