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Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 3000-year-old fort in the Golan Heights which they believe may have been part of the ancient kingdom of Geshur.  The fort covers approximately 1 acre and has 1.5 meter-thick walls built of large basalt stones.  It was dated to the 11th-9th centuries B.C. based on the pottery, which is similar to the Iron-Age pottery at Megiddo.  A large stone engraved with two horned figures with outstretched arms was discovered inside the fort next to a stone table, which may have been an alter.  The etchings are similar to the relief of a horned figure discovered at et-Tell, which many believe was the capital of the kingdom of Geshur.  The similarity of the iconography at both sites have led scholars to connect the two – both politically and spiritually, as it appears they both worshiped the moon-god.  Scripture records that the David married Maakah, the daughter of Talmai the king of Geshur (2 Sam. 3:3) and that it was in Geshur that their son Absalom sought refuge after killing his brother Amnon (2 Sam. 13:23-39). 

OFF-SITE LINKS:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/king-david-era-fort-found-in-golan-may-be-1st-evidence-of-bibles-geshurites/

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/fort-from-the-king-david-era-found-in-the-golan-648732

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-massive-3-000-year-old-fort-of-biblical-geshur-found-in-israeli-golan-1.9303547



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