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Ramat Rahel

Just a few miles south of Jerusalem is Ramat Rahel, a site open for excavation. Ramat Rahel was likely a fortress or governor-style residence. It had balustrades crowned by a palmette/proto-aeolic capitals, a Phoenician influence indicative of royal architecture. Also, Ramat Rahel has yielded lmlk seals from Judean king Hezekiah (8th CENT BCE), thus implying that Ramat Rahel may have been an Israelite administrative center. There was a tinge of Egyptian influence as well.