Ramat Rachel

Ramat Rachel ligg sør i Jerusalem, i retning Betlehem. Her har arkeologar nå gjort unike funn av det som blir kalla kongelege hagar.

Funna blir datert heilt tilbake til 7. hundreår f. Kr., altså til Judariket i gamaltestamentleg tid.

Science Blog skriv om funna:

Ancient gardens are the stuff of legend, from the Garden of Eden to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University, in collaboration with Heidelberg University in Germany, have uncovered an ancient royal garden at the site of Ramat Rachel near Jerusalem, and are leading the first full-scale excavation of this type of archaeological site anywhere in the pre-Hellenistic Levant.

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According to Gross, such gardens were once the ultimate symbol of power. It makes an obvious statement of status, he explains, to have a massive and lush green space surrounding one’s palace, especially when the surrounding area is bare, as it would have been in the dry climate of the Judean Hills only two miles from the Old City of Jerusalem. In fact, he says, the garden would have been the most prominent feature of Ramat Rachel, visible from the west, north and south.

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Preliminary results show that while Ramat Rachel was built by the Judeans, the people of the ancient kingdom of Judah, it was commissioned by foreign powers. These results may reveal information about a wide variety of empires that ruled in Israel at one time. This site, says Gross, was in use from the 7th to the 4th century B.C.E., a time period which saw many wars and exchanges of power with the garden evolving under each civilization.

Les meir

Ramat Rachel er ein kibbutz som blei grunnlagt i 1926, blant anna kjent for sitt store kibbutzhotell. Kibbutzen ligg på eit høgdedrag med flott utsikt og har tatt dette namnet på grunn av Rakels grav, som ligg i nærleiken.

Det er også tidlegare gjort ein del arkeologiske funn på kibbutzen sitt område og dei har sin eigen arkeologiske park. Men den har hittil fokusert på andre ting enn det som nå blir omtalt som unike arkeologiske hagefunn.

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