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Wadi Murabba'at

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Gabriel Mckee
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker, Tom Elliott
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Last modified Dec 25, 2022 10:40 AM History
The Wadi Murabba'at, known also as Nahal Darga, is a ravine in the Judean desert east of Bethlehem. Four cave sites were identified and excavated there in 1952. A fifth cave was identified in 1968.

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cave, river, drainage


Excavations in the cave sites identified temporary habitation activities stretching from the Chalcolithic period through to the Roman era. From Roman levels come ca. 120 documents that date to the decades preceding the Bar Kochba revolt of A.D. 132. These texts include documents (deeds, contracts, financial documents) and fragments of Biblical texts.


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Gabriel Mckee, Jeffrey Becker, and Tom Elliott, 'Wadi Murabba'at: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2022 <> [accessed: 10 December 2023]

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