From ca. 7,000 B.C.E. through Biblical times, Megiddo dominated the most important international road in the Near East. Abounding with architectural monuments - temples, lavish palaces, mighty fortifications and a remarkable water system - and yielding unparalleled treasures, it is the jewel in the crown of Biblical Archaeology.

Site of epic battles that decided the fate of western Asia, it became the Egyptians’ first step to empire in the 15th century B.C.E., when Pharaoh Tutmoses III conquered the Canaan. Here was the center of Solomon’s administration in the north; here, too, the staging point for Assyria’s deportation of the people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.

Megiddo, the only site in Israel mentioned by every great power in the ancient Near East, appears in the New Testament as Armageddon, location of the millennial battle between the forces of good and evil. Small wonder, then, that it inspired James Michener’s The Source.


Click here to see a Windows Movie Maker video fly over of Megiddo.
Brought to us via Dan Waner and the "Virtual Bible" team.
you can visit them at www.thevirtualbible.com.
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The Megiddo Expedition operates under the auspices of Tel Aviv University. Senior American partner: Pennsylvania State University. Consortium institutions: Universities of Loyola-Marmount, Southern California, Vanderbilt, The George Washington University (USA), Rostock (Germany), Bern (Switzerland). Megiddo Expedition Directors: Israel Finkelstein, David Ussishkin and Baruch Halpern. Excavation Directors:Israel Finkelstein and David Ussishkin. Head of Academic Program and Consortium Coordinator: Baruch Halpern. Site Design and Development: Julia Ramer and Yitzhak Zahavy