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Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1980



How Water Tunnels Worked

Jerusalem, Megiddo, Hazor, Gezer and Gibeon all had systems to bring water safely within their city walls during time of siege—Cole offers new suggestions on how this technology developed.

By Dan P. Cole

“A city set on a hill cannot be hidden,” said Matthew (5:14). Neither can it easily be supplied with water. Cities were built on hilltops because of the obvious defensive advantages. These advantages were somewhat offset by the disadvantage that the...Read more ›

The Regional Study—A New Approach to Archaeological Investigation

Yoqne’am Regional Project looks beyond the tell.

By Amnon Ben-Tor

In the center of Israel there is a wide, fertile, well-watered plain called Jezreel (pronounced Jezre-el). Today it is the agricultural heartland of Israel—an area of open wheat, cotton and corn fields, fish ponds and agricultural settlements. In the past it was the battlefield...Read more ›

A Smithy in a Crusader Church

By Dan Bahat

Because my interest in the archaeology of Jerusalem is well known about the city, local residents often come to me with questions, finds and ideas. Not long ago, I was asked to examine a blacksmith shop in the Moslem Quarter of the Old City. I am never...Read more ›