[Magazine] The Biblical Archaeologist. Vol. 33. No 3

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No more are we confronted with a single fort, but with a metropolis with stately buildings of official and ceremonial character. This city is surrounded by a casemate wall with a gigantic gate of six chambers and two towers, and has a secret passage (the gallery) leading to the water spring. This passage is built in the same style as the other IVB structures and adds proof to the existence of a wall around the city. Similar to the Solomonic gate, the structures of this city, too, are the earliest to be built in the Phoenician style (with its typical margin dressing) widely adopted in Solomon's days according to the Bible.

C. undoubtedly the city of stratum VIA. It was newly planned, and in various places large and spacious structures were discovered. Noteworthy is also the density of the settlement at that time. All houses were built of 1970, 3) THE BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGIST 95 bricks on stone foundations. Finds here were particularlyrich, among them lots of metal tools. Outstanding are the Philistine pots of the third, degenerate phase. This city was demolished by a fire of which traces are visible all over. The thick layers of ashes, the burnt bricks and the profusion of pottery are so typical that it is impossible to mistake its identity in every area.

It was followed by a tiny hamlet in VB, or at least by an open city devoid of wall and gate. We come now to city IVB-VA. With the new discoveries there seems no doubt that this was Solomon's city, not only because the Bible says specifically that Solomon built Megiddo, but also because all the pottery and architecturalevidence (the style of stone dressing and the building plans) point that way. No more are we confronted with a single fort, but with a metropolis with stately buildings of official and ceremonial character.

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