Canaanite Palace Staircase

3,500-year-old remnant found at Hazor, a city referred to in the Book of Joshua

A massive staircase made of basalt plates 4.5 meters wide has been discovered at Tell Hazor, an ongoing excavation by Hebrew University, a part of the Selz Foundation Hazor Excavations in memory of Yigael Yadin. The lead archaeologists are Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor and Dr. Shlomit Bechar.

Hazor Excavation Sketch

As quoted in the Times of Israel, Dr. Bechar expresses the possibility that the stairs did not lead directly into the ancient palace, but instead led into a courtyard to another staircase or another entrance. Besides the steps, there is evidence of destruction, which is consistent with the biblical story of the Israelites who razed Hazor, a large city of 20,000. Dr. Bechar and Prof. Ben-Tor plan to continue excavations of the staircase, and possibly find more signs of the palace itself, for the next several years.


Read more about Hazor in Bible History Daily:

Hazor Excavations’ Amnon Ben-Tor Reveals Who Conquered Biblical Canaanites

Hazor: Canaanite Metropolis

Subscribers: Learn more about Hazor from Amnon Ben-Tor, Shlomit Bechar and Yigael Yadin in the BAS Library:

How to Find the Hazor Archives (I Think)

Excavating Hazor, Part One: Solomon’s City Rises from the Ashes

Excavating Hazor, Part Two: Did the Israelites Destroy the Canaanite City?

Yigael Yadin on “Hazor, the Head of All Those Kingdoms”

Is the Biblical Account of the Israelite Conquest of Canaan Historically Reliable?

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