Zev Radovan

Crenellated Sandstone Block

Archaeologists rarely find wall tops so this find is particularly significant since it allows us to visualize the entire wall of the 10th century building. Like the chalk courtyard surrounding the building, this decorative crenellation reflects Phoenician styling. The building’s large size (about 36 x 25 feet), the crenellated walls, and the large courtyard extending to the three-foot-wide defensive wall on the edge of the tell support the identification of this four-room building as a regional administrative center in the Solomonic district, whose capital was Dor.