First Discovery of Bodies in Biblical Gezer, From Fiery Destruction 3,200 Years Ago

As the blazing Canaanite building collapsed, an adult and a child were buried under ash and mud-brick debris, and would only be found by Israeli archaeologists 3,200 years later.

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An adult on its back, arms above the head, from the destruction of Gezer by Egypt's Pharaoh Merneptah 3,200 years ago.
An adult on its back, arms above the head, from the destruction of Gezer by Egypt's Pharaoh Merneptah 3,200 years ago.Credit: Tandy Institute for Archaeology
Remains of adult found just outside the industrial room in Gezer, preserved by stones that collapsed on top of the body. Credit: Tandy Institute for Archaeology
Remains of adult found just outside the industrial room in Gezer, preserved by stones that collapsed on top of the bodyCredit: Tandy Institute for Archaeology
War scene headed by the Levantine god Reshef with a gazelle head drawing a large bow towards 12 enemies shown in varying degrees of collapse along with two kneeling bound captives.Credit: Tandy Institute for Archaeology
The walls in the ancient city beneath Gezer are as much as a meter thick.Credit: Samuel Wolff
The entrance to the vast water system at Gezer.Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Identification of the ruins with the biblical city of Gezer rely among other things on inscriptions found there: 'Boundary of Gezer'Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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