Khirbat Ḥasan: water control systems and agriculture-related activities along Naḥal Har’el

Yitzhak Paz, Rina Avner, Barak Monnickendam-Givon, Oren Ackerman, Anat Cohen-Weinberger

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The excavations at Khirbat Ḥasan were carried out in a wide valley on the Naḥal Har’el floodplain. The findings attest that in antiquity, the inhabitants exploited the area for agricultural activities. Eight areas were opened: in Area A, water control systems dating from the Intermediate Bronze Age and the Roman–Byzantine periods were discovered; Area G yielded Hellenistic-period pottery, a Roman–Byzantine rural road and agricultural terrace walls; in Area C, Chalcolithic-period pottery and an Iron Age water control system were unearthed; in Area N, Intermediate Bronze Age occupation remains and agricultural activities were documented; Area B yielded Chalcolithic-period pottery, Intermediate Bronze Age working surfaces and a Roman–Byzantine rural road; in Area R, Roman–Byzantine dams were exposed; in Area Y, an Early Bronze Age III occupation and a Roman–Byzantine structure and rock-cut installations were observed; and in Area T, a Roman–Byzantine bath was found.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-65
Number of pages49
StatePublished - 2020

RAMBI Publications

  • RAMBI Publications
  • Agriculture -- Eretz Israel -- History
  • Water-supply -- Eretz Israel -- History
  • Khirbat Ḥasan (Israel) -- Antiquities
  • Khirbat Ḥasan (Israel) -- History


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