Thursday, November 29, 2012

Water System in Tel Megiddo

Getting water is a problem for this fortress. The only spring lies outside the fortress walls. In the 9th century BCE, King Ahab constructed a massive water system with a 30 meter deep shaft and a 70 meter long tunnel. 

stairs leading down to Ahad's shaft

deep shaft

a deep deep shaft

the tunnel connect Ahad's shaft and the springs

This tunnel was hewn from both ends at the same time (like Hezekiah's Tunnel) and its builders were only one foot off when meeting in the middle.

staircase leading up to the surface at the spring

the underground spring outside the walls of Megiddo

exit from the underground water system outside the walls of Tel Megiddo


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