Tel Mevorakh

Marwan Masarwa
02/03/2011
Final Report
During May 2005, a salvage excavation was conducted next to Tel Mevorakh (Permit No. A-4478; map ref. 19330–50/71555–65; HA-ESI 121), after the top of stones were discovered along the course of a planned water line. The excavation, undertaken on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and underwritten by the Meqorot Company, was directed by M. Masarwa, with the assistance of S. Ya‘aqov-Jam (administration), A. Dagot (GPS) and N. Zak (plan).
A single square (Fig. 1) was excavated on the northern fringes of Tel Mevorakh, west of Highway 4 and north of the road leading to Bet Hananya and Jisr ez-Zarqa. The top of kurkar stones arranged in a semicircle were exposed beneath hard black soil (L500; thickness 0.35 m). The stones had different sizes and some were dressed; they were placed on a bedding of dark firmly packed hamra (thickness 0.3 m). The finds included a few worn potsherds that probably dated to the Roman or Byzantine periods. The excavation around the stones continued down to the level of natural soil (L501, L502; depth 0.8 m) and no finds were discovered. Two dressed stones, which may be connected to a building that was not preserved, were discovered west of the excavations square (L503).
 
Remains of a fortress from Middle Bronze Age II and building remains, a burial cave, cisterns and rock-cuttings from the Roman and Byzantine periods were discovered in excavations and surveys that were conducted at Tel Mevorakh in the past (‘Atiqot 21:63*–67* [Hebrew]; ESI 19:104*; Stern E. 1978. Excavations at Tel Mevorakh [1973–1976] from the Iron Age to the Roman Period. Part I [Qedem 9] Jerusalem; 1984. Excavations at Tel Mevorakh [1973–1976], the Bronze Age. Part II [Qedem 18]. Jerusalem).
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