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Korean Excavation Team Discovers 3,000 Year-old “Wall of Rehoboam”

2015-07-31 15:34

On July 26 (local time), the “Korean Tel Lachish Excavation Team” (Director: Hong Soon-hwa) discovered a stone wall in Tel Lachish, Israel, presumably built during the reign of Jeroboam in the 10th century B.C., together with earthenware from the same period. This is the first known stone wall from the Jeroboam age, so much scholarly attention from world Biblical archeological circles is expected. The Korean team began working in this area in 2013, with another team led by Prof. Yosef Garfinkel (Archeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem). In the photo, the Korean team works in the excavation site on the “Wall of Jeroboam” in Tel Lachish, Israel.

Lachish was one of the poleis occupied by Joshua, and appears 24 times in the Bible. It is the second largest castled town after Jerusalem.

[A view of Tel Lachish. The Wall of Jeroboam was built in approximately 10th century B.C.]

[Korean excavation team directors Kang Hoo-goo (Professor at Seoul Jangsin University, left) and Hong Soon-hwa (Director of Korea Biblical Geography Research Institute) rejoice in their discovery.]

Article and photos by reporter Sangmok Shin (smshin@kmib.co.kr), from Lachish, Israel, with Yeara Ahn-Park (yap@kmib.co.kr)

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