Hershel Shanks

Merely a weedy pit today, this structure was one of 43 storage silos built in the late 11th century B.C.E. when the Israelites wrested control of Izbet Sartah back from the Philistines. When the site was restored in 1979, a sign explaining its significance was erected on a stone monument; not only is that sign now gone, but a sign that had been substituted for it has also been damaged and the stone base in which it was set has been torn apart (see photograph).