Yoram Weinberg

The outer revetment wall. Built to support the base of a sloping earth glacis, which itself leaned against the city wall, the revetment is seen here as the gray and brown area above and to the left of the person standing in the foreground. At the time of the Assyrian siege, a ramp was built to allow battering rams and soldiers to attack the city wall at its vulnerable southwest corner. The first stage of the ramp was built up to the revetment wall; a second later stage covered the revetment wall and continued almost to the foot of the main city wall. Remains of these two stages are seen here as small stones massed above and below the revetment wall.