Two different sets of city gates have been revealed by archaeologists at Megiddo: one set dating from the Late Bronze Period and another set dating from the Iron II Period. Over the course of today and the next three days, I’ll post photos of the gates and the markers that explain/sketch them. First up, above, is the marker located near the Bronze Age city-gate. It reads:
The Late Bronze Period (1550-1150 B.C.) is marked by Egyptian rule of Canaan. At that time, Megiddo was one of the country’s major city-states and its king a loyal vassal of the Egyptian pharaoh. The city-gate and the elaborate palace located just inside the gate are the best-known remains of this period. The city-gate was apparently incorporated into the Middle Bronze (2000-1550 B.C.) fortifications that were still in use at the time.
The three-entry city-gate was faced with ashlar blocks, some made of basalt.