Tonight I am putting the finishing touches on my PowerPoint presentation for my Sunday morning class. We will be covering the conquest of Jericho this week, so I am using a few images that I took in September 2011 in the presentation.
Click on the following link to see some of the images from last week: Sunday Morning Images
This image was used in my Walls of Jericho post which is one of the most visited posts on my blog. You will also find this image on other websites. Sometimes it is credited to me, other times not 🙂
Here you can see some of the different walls that have been built around Jericho throughout the ages.
Here is a picture of the Neolithic tower in Jericho. The exact function of the tower is still unclear, but it may have been used as an astronomical observatory or as part of the defense system of the city. It is also thought that it may have just been built as a symbol of power.
The tower was found by Kathleen Kenyon during her excavations of Jericho. The tower was 28 feet tall, but would not have been above ground when later cities were built upon the tell. The tower was lost to history thousands of years before Jericho was conquered by Joshua.
I am using this picture when I talk about how there was a section of the city walls that was still standing on the north end of the tell. The section of the wall was found during the Sellin/Watzinger excavations (1907-1911). They also found houses built against the inside of the wall.
We did not walk to the north end of the tell, so I did not have the right perspective to see if this was part of the wall or some other structure further away from the edge of the tell. I zoomed in when I took this picture, so it looks much closer to me than what it was. However, it is representative of how some structures remain after the destruction of a city.
Hopefully I will remember my research during class tomorrow.