|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
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 Solomons administration in the north;
here, too, the staging point for Assyrias 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 Micheners