Archive for July 6, 2014


Buildings inside Tel Lachish
photo by Orientalizing (https://www.flickr.com/photos/orientalizing/)

Like the Assyrians before them, the Babylonians carried out a policy of extradition from the Judean cities that they conquered. Unlike the Assyrians, they sought to remove only the elite classes – the administrators, military commanders and religious leaders – leaving the peasantry to continue to work the land for the benefit of the rulers and those in the Empire’s homeland.
A large residential or administrative building, dating to the post Babylonian destruction period has been identified on the site of the former Judean Palace at Lachish. It has been suggested that this may be a Babylonian Imperial administrative centre for the farms in the West of the Shephelah. Certainly the well investigated site at Ramat Rehal continued in the east to function as such a centre throughout the Babylonian and Persian periods. It seems likely that the farmlands of the Shephelah once again operated as a government-controlled agricultural area, which was administered from the sites. The rest of site of Lachish would remain derelict until it was redeveloped, possibly as a district capital, by the Persians in the 4th century BCE, but this seems to have had a relatively short life as the site was abandoned again before the end of the century.
A Temple has also been discovered on the site, dating from the second century BCE and there are a few Roman finds from the site, although in both cases these were not accompanied by any large-scale occupation.


Buildings inside Tel Lachish
photo by Orientalizing (https://www.flickr.com/photos/orientalizing/)