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Megiddo • מגידו • مجيدو

Megiddo was an Early Bronze Age village noted for having the largest altar of the Bronze Age. Many animal bones were found on and near the altar indicating that animals were sacrificed and then swept aside to rot. Also, Middle Bronze Age I (aka Middle Bronze Age IIA) red burnish ware was found at Megiddo.

Phase

Description

Megiddo I

Megiddo II

Megiddo III

Assyrian administrative center.

Megiddo IVA

Megiddo was destroyed under Ahab's reign.

Armageddon (609 BC)

29 In his days Pharaoh Necoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and Pharaoh Necoh killed him at Megiddo, when he had seen him. 30 His servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own tomb. The people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father’s place. 2 Kings 23:29-30