Megiddo: Background information when reading To Be a Man

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To Be a Man

by Nicole Krauss

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To Be a Man by Nicole Krauss
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Megiddo

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Aerial view of Tel Megiddo In To Be a Man by Nicole Krauss, a character in the story "End Days" is an archaeologist working at Tel Megiddo, the site of the ancient Palestinian city of Megiddo, which is situated near present-day Haifa, Israel. "Tel" refers to the "mound" on the site in which excavations have uncovered 26 layers of remains of ancient civilizations that date back more than 4,000 years.

Megiddo was originally a strategic settlement on a trade route that linked Mesopotamia with Egypt. Historians believe the site was inhabited as early as 7,000 BCE. Artifacts from the Bronze Age and Iron Age, along with funerary items including gold, ivory, ceramics and bones reveal a complex history of habitation and eventual demise. Noted structural remains include a Roman temple, a Christian mosaic, walls, gateways and watchtowers. In 2016, a 3,600-year-old burial chamber was discovered intact. Ongoing excavation work and examination of artifacts, including DNA analysis, continue in a search for clues about ...

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