Dated to the 10th century BCE, this gate has six chambers and two towers. Similar gates have been uncovered at Megiddo and Gezer. A summary of King Solomon's activities indeed indicates that the king built Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer. Note to the left of the gate, the double (casemate) wall, which enclosed the western half of the Upper City.
The connection between Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer is reflected in the following verse that describes Solomon's building activities: "This was the purpose of the forced labor which Solomon imposed: It was to build the House of the Lord, his own palace, the Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and [to fortify] Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer" (1 Kings 9:15).
English Text on Marker Timeline:
Canaanite Hazor (Greater Hazor) 1720-1100 BCE
· Middle Canaanite Period IIb
· Late Canaanite Period (to Destruction of Canaanite Hazor - 1250 BCE)
· Occupational Gap 1250-1100 BCE
Israelite Hazor 1100-732 BCE
· Israelite Period I (Period of the Settlement of the Tribes and Judges) 1100-950 BCE
· Israelite Period IIa (Reign of Solomon) 950-850 BCE
· Israelite Period IIb (Reign of Ahab to Destruction of the Kingdom of Israel) 850-732 BCE