Robert Wright

“The boundary of Gezer,” reads the top line of this marker stone one-half mile southeast of the tell. By Herod’s time Gezer was no longer a proud city controlling important trade routes, but was simply part of a sparsely settled private estate. The owner or administrator identifies himself in the second line of this inscription by his Greek name, Alkios. Gezer was the first Biblical city to be identified by an inscription found at the site; even today, only a handful of sites have been so identified. This boundary stone is one of nine discovered at Gezer.