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Hazor by Yigael Yadin
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Apr 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ancient-history, biblical
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The magnificent ancient city of Hazor is located on a plateau overlooking the fertile plain southwards to the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. This book is written by the famous Israeli general and archeologist Yigael Yadin who excavated the site for 5 years. In this book he details the archaeological excavations of the site. Like many bronze age cities in Israel at the end of the bronze age near 1200 BC this one was destroyed about that time with the next occupation layer being a small poor settlement characterized by storage pits. The specialized economies of large cities were always vulnerable to having their trade routes cut off by nomads, in this case the early Israelite confederation, and once weaken economically and with reduced populations they were easy prey for the nomads who could easily sneak into the city, open the gates, and let their warriors in.

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