View of the gate area from the 1940s!

Here is a really nice picture of the area of the new fortifications and gate, taken by the late photographer David Perlmutter (one of the founding members of Kibbutz Kfar Menahem and a well-known photographer), sometime in the 1940s.

The picture, which is so good that it’s as if it was taken with excavation in mind (perfect angle and details), shows the area of the gate and fortification, and as, most importantly, the almost total lack of modern construction in this area. The building with the arches on the left is the modern water wheel (“antiliya”), whose remains can be seen until today. You can also see the path, leading up to the tell and village, which we believe may retain the path of the Iron Age gate entrance!

1940s view of lower city

Aren

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