The archaeological site at Beer Sheba, Israel, offers an example of urban community life 15 centuries ago. An enormous outdoor treasury of biblical artifacts, this tel (Hebrew for a prehistoric settlement mound) reveals details of the agriculture, water-collecting, government, commerce and domestic life. It’s one of three of the more than 200 tels in Israel that recently was named a “World Heritage Site” by the U.N. Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The designation seeks to provide the sites with protection from overcommercialization, war, weather and effects of time.
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