The remains of a city gate were unearthed in excavations at Shiloh, Israel, led by the Associates for Biblical Research. Scott Stripling, the director of the excavations, identified the gate system based on a variety of factors. The team had discovered that the glacis, or defensive embankment, against the city wall ended at a certain point along the northern perimeter wall. This gap corresponded with the city’s entrance, which had an intentionally terraced slope up to it. This year, the ABR team discovered the gate’s piers and socket stones. A gate in the northern wall makes sense, as the main spring for ancient Shiloh was located a kilometer north of the city. This may have been the gate where Eli died upon hearing the news that the Ark of the Covenant had been captured in battle (1 Sam. 4:18).
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