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Tel Dan



Tel Dan marks the northern frontier of the kingdom of Israel. Originally fortified with walls and gates by the early Canaanites in about 1800 BC, Dan was conquered by the Israelites around 1150 BC (Judges 18). Israel reinforced the city by adding additional walls and ramparts.

The gatehouse below dates to the ninth century BC, and was probably constructed by King Ahab. It’s this exact area where the “House of David” Inscription (Tel Dan Inscription) was discovered in 1994.

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Tel Dan is also notorious for many evidences of the pagan “high places” mentioned throughout the biblical text. Archaeologists have now excavated the podium that was constructed by Jeroboam to house the golden calf at Dan. Recent finds have also included four-horned altars, incense holders, and other religious objects.

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