Rare ancient mudbrick passageway found in Jezreel Valley


August 25, 2023


An aerial view of the steel structure at Tel Shimron supporting the corridor to the corbelled vault.

By Etgar Lefkovits

(JNS) - A mudbrick passageway dating back nearly four millennia has been uncovered in northern Israel's Jezreel valley, archaeologists revealed on Thursday.

The completely intact 3,800-year-old monumental passageway, which was discovered at Tel Shimron, is the first of its kind to be found in the southern Levant and provides a key missing link in the history of the arch in the region, said excavation co-director Daniel M. Master.

Tel Shimron, an immense ruin that dominates Israel's northern Jezreel Valley, is situated along ancient trade routes from the Mediterranean to...

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