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Thankfully, the survey maps of the Jericho area have been published. Let us see what they contain. There are four late 7th C BC settlements mentioned in Joshua 18: 21 Jericho and Beth-hoglah and Emek-keziz, 22 and Beth-arabah. Beth-Hoglah is to be identified with site 23, as that site is only 1.4 km from Deir Hajlah. Beth-Arabah should probably be identified with site 93, a fortress where a 7th C BC rosette impression, paleo-Hebrew inscription, and iron sword has been discovered, as it is mentioned in both Joshua 15‘s Wilderness District (to the South of the oasis of Jericho) and Joshua 15’s border description, where the border is said to go N. of Beth-Arabah. Thus, by process of elimination, Emek-Keziz appears to be identifiable with either the Jericho hippodrome or site 90, more probably the latter. It is curious that in the LB, only Jericho was occupied, while in the Persian era, only Jericho and site 96 (some mikhves) seemed to have been occupied.

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