Israelite fortress from the Canaanite city
Tel Arad, about 18 miles from Beersheba in the Negev, was a Canaanite city, and on the higher end of the horseshoe shaped hill there was an Iron Age Israelite fortress. The Bronze Age Canaanite city is one of the most thoroughly excavated in Israel.
The Israelite citadel served to protect this strategic location in the Eastern Negev. As well as storerooms and houses, a temple was discovered. Its pattern and equipment match closely biblical descriptions of Solomon's temple.
The Arad citadel has also revealed interesting ostraca, known as the "Arad Letters".
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