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(Tell el-Mutesellim) guards the most important pass to the Jezreel valley from the coast and lies at the crossroads of significant trade routes (from Gaza to Damascus and from Akko via Shechem to Jerusalem); it was first excavated by Gottlieb Schumacher (1903–1905). Its identity is clear from ancient texts (esp. the Annals of Thutmosis III, the Amarna tablets and the Bible). Petrographic analysis (by Baruch Brandl) of the Amarna tablets from Megiddo confirms the identification. Megiddo (“sledge” or “Big Dipper” [Ursus major]) was settl…

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Halpern, Baruch, “Megiddo”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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