Ilan Sztulman/Tel Mique-Ekron Excavation Project

The aerial view shows Tel Miqne as seen from the southwest. Excavated remains in Field III, right center, protrude into the freshly plowed fields of Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, on whose grounds the tell rises. The beige-colored fields—shaped like a butterfly—mark what was Ekron’s lower city. The upper city is located in the upper left corner of the “butterfly.” Where the “wings” join in the center of the photo, one excavated structure appears as a well-defined square. Slightly to the right of this structure, excavators were to discover an 11th-century B.C.E. edifice, dubbed building 350, which may well have been a palace or a temple.