The word "tel" (Hebrew) or "tell" (Arabic) refers to steep sided, flat topped, hills common in the Near East. Their distinctive shape is caused by their formation. They were the sites of ancient cities. Because of their history tels are somewhat like the paintwork of many old houses, with different layers representing different periods of occupation. This means that the layer with which a feature or object is associated indicates at least a relative date.
Picture of Tel Rehov (Daniel C. Browning).
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