Excavations at Maresha Subterranean Complex 169: Final Report: Seasons 2000-2016 by Ian Stern
Tel Maresha is located in the foothills of Israel’s Judaean Mountains. It was established in the Iron Age II (circa 700 BCE) and is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible (Josh 15:44; I Chron. 2:42). But it was mainly a Hellenistic-period town a major Idumean political and administrative center. One the unique an fascinating aspects of Maresha is its subterranean city hundreds of underground galleries and chambers filled to the gills with artifacts. This volume is a report of the excavations of one of these rich subterranean complexes SC 169 which contained a full corpus of Hellenistic pottery forms both local and exotic altars, figurines, amulets, seals and seal impressions, hundreds of inscriptions in Greek and Aramaic, coins, jewelry and much more. These finds tell the story of an affluent cosmopolitan society comprised of Idumeans, Phoenicians, Greeks, and Jews, who lived together in a vibrant urban setting until the city was destroyed probably by the Jewish Hasmonean kingdom in 104 BCE.
Year first published: 2019