Despite the important archaeological discoveries made there, the site where the estate was found is apparently expected to vanish due to the construction of a local road.
A huge complex which possibly served as a rural estate under the ancient kings mentioned in the Bible has been unearthed by archaeologists in northern Israel, Haaretz reports.
According to the newspaper, the discovery was made at the Horvat Tevet site located in the vicinity of the modern-day city of Afula, during a salvage dig conducted prior to the construction of a road.
Archaeologists believe that about 2,900 years ago, the estate served as “a key site for Israelite officials to collect and redistribute agricultural produce from the surrounding region”.
The most prominent remains at the complex apparently date back to the Iron Age, and were built during the time of the Omrides dynasty.
Despite the importance of the discoveries made there, Horvat Tevet is apparently expected to become another archaeological site in Israel “to be covered or destroyed by modern development projects”, the newspaper notes.