Kh. 'Aujah el-Foqa (Ataroth) - An Iron Age fortified city in the Jordan Valley

Adam Zertal, Dror Ben-Yosef, Oren Cohen, Ron Be'eri

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During the Manasseh Hill Country Survey, an unknown fortified site was traced and explored. The site, Khirbet 'Aujah el-Foqa, may add new aspects to the understanding of both the Iron Age period and the history of the Jordan Valley. The site is situated on a high, stony hill in the western part of the Wadi 'Aujah valley and its overall area is 3.75 acres. The khirbeh was defended by a casemate wall and towers. The location of the site on an elevated hilltop, with an excellent view, hints at its military qualities and we suggest defining it as a 'fortified town'. The main settlement in the site was founded at the beginning of the Iron Age IIB and it was possibly abandoned during Sennacherib's campaign to Judah in 701 BCE. This site can be identified as 'Ataroth in the Manasseh-Ephraim boundary description (Jos 16. 6-7).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-123
Number of pages20
JournalPalestine Exploration Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Religious studies
  • Archaeology


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