Ibleam overview
Modern name(s) Khirbet Belameh
Region Levant
Section Southern Levant
Latitude 32.44550747 N suggest info
Longitude 35.29089662 E
Status Imprecise
Info Bronze Age site identified with the ancient city of Ibleam, one of the Palestinian cities mentioned in the Egyptian Royal Archive that was conquered by Thutmose III in the 15th century BCE.
general info
Excavations in Khirbet Belameh, led by Hamdan Taha of the Palestinian Antiquities Department, began in 1996. These have focused on a water tunnel carved out of rock sometime in the Late Bronze or Early Iron Age that connected the city at the top of the hill to its water source at the bottom, a spring known as Bir es-Sinjib. The tunnel allowed inhabitants to walk through it undetected, particularly useful during times of siege. There is evidence that the tunnel fell into disuse in the 8th century BCE, and that the entrance was subsequently rehabilitated some time in the Roman period, while the site itself shows occupation into the medieval period. Plans have been drawn up to turn the site into an archaeological park. G. Schumacher had described the water tunnel in 1908, and a small-scale excavation was conducted by Z. Yeivin in 1973. The water passage of Belameh is important for the understanding of ancient water systems in Palestine.
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32.445507, 35.290897 === 32.445507 N, 35.290897 E === 32° 26' 43.8" N, 35° 17' 27.2" E
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Database ID 4352, created 22 Apr 2012, 18:11, Last changed 22 Apr 2012, 18:11