A Secret City Under the Barracks

ARCHAEOLOGY

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Most Israelis can still vividly recall the “Bahad 4” barracks, which during the 1970s was the Israeli army’s largest recruiting and training base. However, up until now no one was aware that this particular site has a much longer history. Several weeks ago, staff members from the Archaeological Department of the Civil Administration that governs the West Bank arrived at the site where the barracks used to be in the small town of Beit El in Samaria. The barracks had already been demolished in 1995. When they started digging directly beneath the square that had formerly been the parade ground,…

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