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The 2007 Excavation Season

In August 2007 a two-week excavation season took place at Khirbet Qeiyafa. Despite the limited time, some aspects of the megalithic fortification were clarified. The wall is constructed from long casemates, 4 m wide and preserved to a height of 2.5 m. The city gate was located and partly excavated. The stones in the corner where the city wall and the gate meet are extremely massive, up to 5 tons in weight.

The 2008 Excavation Season

A six week excavation season took place in the summer of 2008, between June 22nd and August 1st. Nearly 600 sq.m. were opened and the expedition uncovered a four chambered city gate, a casemate wall and two houses.