Quick flyover of Tel Abel Beth Maacah (Israel)
Quick flyover of Tel Abel Beth Maacah (Israel)

Drone flyover of Tel Abel Beth Maacah (Tell Abil el-Qameh) in northern Israel from south to north during the third season of excavations in July 2015. You can see the base camp in the middle of the lower city, Area A at the juncture of the lower and upper cities, and Area B near the northern end of the upper city. The site is located 1.2 miles south of Metulla (Israel).

Flyover of Tel Abel Beth Maacah (Israel)
Flyover of Tel Abel Beth Maacah (Israel)

Drone flyover of Tel Abel Beth Maacah (Tell Abil el-Qameh) during our third season of excavations on July 9, 2015. Area A has significant remains from the Iron Age I period, including a large administrative building of the late 11th century BCE. In Area B, we have remains of a Persian building sitting on remains of an earlier Iron Age II structure. In Area K to the south we are exploring a possible city gate, and in Area F at the southern end of the tel, we have a Middle and Late Bronze Age city...

Flyover of Area F at Abel Beth Maacah (2016)
Flyover of Area F at Abel Beth Maacah (2016)

Flyover of Area F at the end of the 2016 season. Area F is situated in the lower city at the southern tip of the mound. Excavations have revealed a fortification system from the Middle and Late Bronze Ages (16th-13th centuries BCE) and part of an Iron I settlement (11th century BCE), when the fortifications were no longer in use. It appears that there was a peaceful transition from the Late Bronze Age to the Iron Age.

Flyover of Area A at Abel Beth Maacah (2016)
Flyover of Area A at Abel Beth Maacah (2016)

Flyover of the Stratum A-2 building (late 11th/early 10th century BCE) from west to east at the end of the 2016 season. We have only begun to excavate this massive and unique complex, which has produced evidence for both copper and iron metalworking. In future seasons we will continue to expand in this area in order to better understand the structure's plan and function. Such public buildings are rare in the southern Levant during Iron Age I. Below this are three more Iron I strata spanning the ...

Naama Yahalom-Mack and Ancient Metallurgy at Abel Beth Maacah
Naama Yahalom-Mack and Ancient Metallurgy at Abel Beth Maacah

Co-director Dr. Naama Yahalom-Mack (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) explains the significance of a reused pot bellows, which contained evidence for melting copper and forging iron. The pot was found embedded in the floor of a building complex in Area A that dates to the late 11th-early 10th century BCE. While bronze technology has been known for a long time (bronze is an alloy of copper and tin); carburized iron first appears in the Levant at this time (Iron Age I, ca. 1200-980 BCE). According t...

Team Member Testimonials
Team Member Testimonials

Testimonials by 10 team members who participated in the archaeological excavations at Abel Beth Maacah. Come join us!

Abel Beth Ma'acha - Eastern Aerial view (BibleWalks.com)
Abel Beth Ma'acha - Eastern Aerial view (BibleWalks.com)

Flight over the east side of the Biblical city of Abel Beth Ma'acha, in the Upper Galilee area. http://www.biblewalks.com/Sites/AbelBethMaacah.html