Tel Rehov

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Tel Rehov (Hebrew: תל רחוב) refers to a large earthen city mound, or "tel", in the central Jordan Valley of Israel, the site of an important Bronze and Iron Age Canaanite city, located approximately 5 kilometres south of Bet Shean and some 3 kilometres west of the Jordan River. Tel Rehov represents one of the largest ancient city mounds in Israel, its total surface area at the base of the mound comprising some 120,000 m², divided into an "Upper City" (40,000 m²) and a "Lower City" (80,000 m²).

Archaeological excavations began at the site in 1997, under the directorship of Amihai Mazar, Professor at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and with the primary sponsorship of John Camp.

Tel Rehov has since emerged as a site of extreme archaeological importance. The Iron Age II levels of the site, in particular, have emerged as a vitally important component in the current debate regarding the chronology of the United Monarchy of Israel. Important data has also been forthcoming regarding the Early Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age and medieval occupation of the site.

Professor Mazar's site supervisors at Rehov have included Robert Mullins (Areas A and B), Nava Panitz-Cohen (Area C), Amir Sumaqai-Fink (Area D), Dalit Weinblatt-Krauss (Area B), Paul James Cowie (Area E), Adi Ziv-Esudri (Areas F and G) and Nachum Applbaum (computers and web site). The burden of the work is supported each season by students and volunteers from universities and colleges in Israel, the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and other countries.

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