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The excavations at Tel Rehov in the Beth Shean Valley, directed by Prof. Amihai Mazar, uncovered a well-planned city dating to Iron Age IIA, the 10th-9th centuries BCE. Though Israel abounds in such sites, two unique features set Rehov aside: all the buildings were built of mudbrick, though stone could easily have been quarried from the nearby Gilboa Hills, and almost every building in the 10th century was built with a massive amount of wooden beams, in both the walls and the floors. The wood was of almost every imaginable kind, from local olive trees to the exotic elm tree that grows only much further north. The question remains as to the portent of these unique architectural features and what can they tell us about the identity of the inhabitants of this important town in the Iron Age IIA.

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