Adam Zertal, Israeli archaeologist, Died at 78

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Adam Zertal was born in 1936, and died October 18, 2015. Adam was an Israeli archaeologist.

Adam Zertal grew up in Ein Shemer, a kibbutz affiliated with the Hashomer Hatzair movement.

He was severely wounded in the Yom Kippur War.

Adam later told a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, “I spent a year at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, and I became interested in archaeology.

Although I had argued that the Bible was full of myths, I decided after my recovery to travel the land by foot to look for archaeological evidence.”

Adam identified a structure on Mount Ebal as an early Israelite altar.

He headed the excavations at El-ahwat, which he has identified as the Biblical Harosheth Haggoyim, a fortress described in the Book of Judges as the fortress or cavalry base of Sisera, commander of the army of King Jabin. (Judges 4)

In 2009, Adam headed a team that discovered an Ancient underground quarry in the Jordan Valley.

Adampassed away at age 78 in 2015.

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