Short Video: Clearing an Ancient Entrance

I have worked for 1-1/2 weeks clearing city fortifications that date to the time of the biblical King David. The city walls at Khirbet Qeiyafa are casemates and served as living space during peacetime.

The doorway in this short video was blocked up several centuries before Christ. It was opened up again on July 20, 2010.

The bottom of the casemate is not visible in the video above. The exposed bedrock is around 5-1/2 or 6 feet below the level on which I am standing.

Here is a photo taken before the entrance was opened. Notice the straight line that reveals the ancient doorway.

Entrance to a 3,000 year-old casemate wall section, blocked in several centuries before Christ. The walls are a little over 9 feet from top to bottom. Much of the original city wall is preserved from 7 to 9 feet high. Photo by Luke Chandler.

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About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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3 Responses to Short Video: Clearing an Ancient Entrance

  1. Pingback: More from Khirbet Qeiyafa « Biblicus Semitae

  2. Timothy Chandler says:

    Wow! Cool stuff on this blog! So Grandmama had to work in the site a little huh. Is she in the hospital yet? And who’s that other guy with the hat? Did Paque find anything cool again this time? How many clothes of yours have holes in them right now? I saw you got to meet Mr. Finklestien. Is he as serious as he looks in other picture’s? Did anyone fall in the spring of Harod? Looks like there’s a lot of people with you. Are you trying to be the 2nd Jenkins? And why were you carrying a bunch of rocks in your video? Does Grandmama enjoy washing 2000 year old bones? Her hair sure looked crazy in the picture.
    I saw some older people in the background of some pictures. How come none of them have had back surgery yet? Do you have AC in your hotel? Where did the Isrealites find those huge rocks? Have you been attacked by a sheep stampede? I hope you found some cool inscriptions on the site. Are you going to be on TV? Has anyone fallen into a hole? How many shovels are broken! Did anybody get hit by one? Anyway, hope your having fun over there!

    • lukechandler says:

      That’s a lot of questions. I’ll try to answer them all.
      Yes, she did for one day. Nope. Grady Persell, a former FC buddy. So far, part of a chalice and some pottery handles. Two shirts and one pair of pants. No, he’s really quite friendly. If they did, they’d sink up to the tops of their toes. Yep – more than 90 working the site. I would never presume. Because archaeology rocks. No, she enjoys washing 3,000 year-old bones. (I won’t address the hair comment.)
      Because archaeology has a “youthening” effect. You’d better believe it. They made them from even larger rocks. Thankfully, no. I hope so too. Maybe this December in a NOVA episode, and I will be part of an internet-released documentary early next year. Not since I’ve been here, though I almost fell off a 9 foot wall yesterday. None, though we have one majorly broken wheelbarrow. So far, no – but there’s still a week left. Thanks!

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