Megiddo Water System

It would be hard to overemphasize the importance of the city of Megiddo. We have referenced the strategic location in our two previous posts. Crucial battles were fought here.

Excavations conducted at Megiddo have been “large and extensive,” and include the efforts of the German Society for Oriental Research (1903-1905), the Oriental Institute of Chicago (1925-1939). Excavations were interrupted with the outbreak of WWII, but were renewed by the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1960, 1961, 1966, 1967, and 1971) under the leadership of Y. Yadin (The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, Vol. 3, pp. 1005-1005).

More recent excavations have been undertaken by Tel Aviv University, with Pennsylvania State University as the senior American partner (ibid. Vol. 5, pp. 1944ff.).

Among the more interesting discoveries is Megiddo’s water system. A 70 meter tunnel hewn through rock led down to the spring.

Megiddo. Tunnel to city spring. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

This dates back to the time of Israel’s king Ahab (874-853 BC). Prior to this engineering feat, it was necessary to go outside the city walls to access the spring.

Megiddo Spring. Citys water supply. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Here is a view from going up from the spring as you exit:

Megiddo. Exit from spring. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

And finally, a view back to the exit of the spring.

Megiddo. Outside Water System Exit. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

In our next post we plan to feature the stables of Megiddo.

6 Responses to Megiddo Water System

  1. Jessica says:

    Are these images from our trip (99) or from a subsequent trip?


  2. Leon Mauldin says:

    Hi Jess, These are from my trip of last month, Mar. 2011. (On the ’99 trip I took 35m slides, of which I’ve scanned several). All of these shots posted on my last 3 posts are from last month’s trip.


  3. Gary C. Kerr says:

    These pictures, as so many others you post, bring back such wonderful memories of my trip with you and the group in 2009. I can’t wait to be in a position to make another trip somewhere with you in the near future. Thanks also for this blog … I hope you know how effectively you are “expanding your borders” through this good work! GARY


  4. Leon Mauldin says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Gary. One of the joys of travel to the Bible lands is sharing the experience with folks like yourself, who will make good use of photos and insights you learn with others.


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