Beersheba: three roomed home and city wall

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This photo taken from the observation tower shows the three roomed home (cf. four room house) from above and the casemate construction of the city wall behind, with its two "skins". The thicker outer wall was c.1-6m wide, this was joined by cross walls at intervals to the thinner inner wall (c.1.2m thick). This construction was almost as strong as one really thick wall, but much cheaper. (It also allowed extra living areas for the homes in the outer ring.) Casemate city walls were typical of Iron Age Israelite towns from the 9th century.



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