Tel Megiddo stands over the Valley of Armageddon in northern Israel. This Tel, meaning hill, is not a naturally occurring hill, but rather was made through the building of cities across 28 civilizations with the last city dating back to before the time of Jesus. What that means is that looking through Tel Megiddo we get a snapshot of what life was like in 28 different cultures from Antiquity. What an amazing opportunity to better understand how folks lived thousands of years ago!
Tel Megiddo is amazing because it was one of the fortified cities that was built by King Solomon to protect the unified kingdom of Israel that he had inherited from his father, King David. When walking along the top of the Tel you can also see the floor of part of the Palace of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. You can also walk over the area where King Ahab’s horses were kept. They were on the Tel for military purposes, the King was never far from his calvary.