BAR 10:02, Mar/Apr 1984
News from the Field: Defensive Judean Counter-Ramp Found at Lachish in 1983 Season
Our expedition to Lachish is described in detail in the review/article Destruction of Judean Fortress Portrayed in Dramatic Eighth-Century B.C. Pictures. In this brief note I would like to describe for BAR readers the exciting results of our 1983 season, in which, for the first time, we extensively excavated the Assyrian siege ramp outside the city wall. We also extended inside the city wall the longitudinal trench cut through the Assyrian siege ramp. Once inside the city, we discovered, opposite the Assyrian siege ramp, an unsuspected Judean counter-ramp intended to bolster the citys defenses against the Assyrian onslaught. With the discovery of this defensive Judean counter ramp, the battle of Lachish in 701 B.C. came alive in a startling new way.